AMG, the performance brand within Mercedes-Benz Cars, outlined a series of steps it will take to lower the emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of its vehicles.
All AMG vehicles will surpass the EU-5 standards which come into force from 2009 and also the EU-6 standards which will apply from 2014.
To reduce fuel consumption, AMG is shortly to introduce efficiency-increasing engine-generator management as well as regulated oil and water pumps.
From 2010 AMG will equip its vehicles with direct gasoline injection engines and with a stop-start function.
AMG will from 2012 achieve a reduction in consumption of 30 per cent in comparison to present levels.
In 2008, AMG sales increased by 19%, selling 24,200 vehicles (previous year 20,300). As in previous years, the USA was the strongest market for AMG with a 38% of total sales. Germany came in second place (13%), followed by Japan (8%).
The greatest growth markets of 2008 include amongst others China and Brazil with rates of increase of 260% and 565% respectively.