KNOXVILLE, TN – Mercedes Benz USA will rely on direct-injection engines to dodge the U.S. gas guzzler tax and meet looming government-imposed fuel-economy regulations. “We have a big variety of measures in place we plan on implementing with the tightening of greenhouse gas regulations,” Bernhard Glaser, general manager-product management, tells Ward’s at a media event here. “The first thing is to direct-inject downsized engines, so it makes them more efficient.” The strategy is not ...

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