Get Your Driver’s License in a Fuel Cell-powered Car

* Mercedes-Benz F-Cell passenger car assists in getting people their California driver’s license
* DaimlerChrysler has the largest fleet of fuel cell vehicles in the world — more than 100 buses, vans and passenger cars
* Fuel cell vehicles are taking another step toward common use
* More than $1 billion invested in fuel cell technology and almost two-million miles logged — no other auto manufacturer even comes close

Auburn Hills MI, May 31, 2006 –

Over the last year some lucky individuals have had the opportunity to drive a zero-emissions Mercedes-Benz fuel cell-powered passenger car to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in California to complete their driver’s test.

President Bush has stated, “I believe that today’s children will one day take a driver’s test in a hydrogen-powered, pollution-free car. That’s the goal of the United States.” DaimlerChrysler is taking that step today.

“It was an experience to see the look on the evaluator’s face at the DMV,” said Peter Friebe, who recently passed his exam.” I’m sure it made his day to ride around in the F-Cell giving me my driving test.”

DaimlerChrysler has spent more than $1 billion in fuel cell vehicle research and development. No other manufacturer has accumulated more data or driven more zero-emissions miles — almost 2 million.

The Mercedes-Benz F-Cell is a reflection of DaimlerChrysler’s leadership in fuel cell technology. The entire fuel cell system is housed in the floor of the vehicle, leaving full use of the passenger and cargo spaces. It has a range of approximately 100 miles and a top speed of 85 mph. The electric motor develops 88 hp (65 kw), enabling acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 16 seconds. The stack has been developed by the DaimlerChrysler cooperation partner Ballard Power Systems.

The DaimlerChrysler fuel cell vehicle fleet is diverse — in addition to several research vehicles, it also includes medium-duty fuel cell Dodge Sprinter vans and more than 35 Mercedes-Benz Citaro fuel cell buses, which operate in Europe, the United States, Japan, Australia and Singapore. As part of the world’s largest fleet of fuel cell vehicles, DaimlerChrysler has more than 25 fuel cell vehicles with customers in California and more than 100 around the world. No other manufacturer comes close to the efforts of DaimlerChrysler with fuel cell technology.

DaimlerChrysler pioneered fuel cell vehicle technology more than a decade ago. Fuel cells release energy from the reaction of hydrogen with a catalyst and oxygen. This clean technology operates at a high level of efficiency and is true zero-emissions. Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles emit only pure water vapor as exhaust. Fuel cell vehicles are part of DaimlerChrysler’s advanced propulsion technology umbrella, which includes efficient gasoline engines, advanced diesels, Flex-Fuel and hybrid powertrain systems.



The 2008 Dodge Challenger driving on Rte.66 video (exclusive) + SRT8 Magnum and Charger video + Dodge Viper SRT10 extreme driving video. All on the new Carpix TV service from June 4th 2006. Free trailers available now at the site here: –
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Lifesaving Ear-Splitter Restored-Huh?

Thanks to: The DCX Firehouse.

Posted May 30, 2006, 11:17 AM by Ed Garsten
Category: W.P. Chrysler Museum


Ears clogged?  Download the podcast attached to this post.
We’ll wait………………………….

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There you go….I said THERE you go! Guess we
should have warned you that ear-splitting Chrysler Air Raid Siren
was originally designed to deafen, or at least scare the lunch out
of enemy troops during World War II.  This 1956 model had more
peaceful purposes–warning the good folks of Trenton, Michigan,
downriver from Detroit, of impending tornadoes.

How loud is the siren’s racket?  Oh, the loundest
continuous noise ever created by mechanical means– 170 decibels at
its throat, “quieting” to 138 db 100 feet away. That’s enough to
cause instant damage to unprotected ears. 

That noisemaking ooomph is powered by a 180-horsepower HEMI
® V-8 engine.  It’s 11′ 3″ long, 4′ 7″ wide and 5′ 2″ tall
and weighs about 5,000 pounds.

In service from 1958 until the 1970’s, the siren, built at the
Trenton Engine plant,  was removed from its 90-foot tower at
the Trenton Fire station in 2002 for restoration by the Archives
and Vehicle Collection staff at the Chrysler Group Quality
Improvement Center.

It made an appearance at Trenton’s Memorial Day parade last
Saturday and will join the collection at the Walter P. Chrysler
Museum in Auburn Hills this fall. 

We’ll shout at you when the dates are firmed.

To about a surprising discovery restorers made when they worked
on the old siren, download the podcast in the next post.

For more on the Chrysler Air Raid Siren, go to

Chrysler Group Launches Production of the All-new 2007 Jeep® Compass at Belvidere Assembly Plant

* Robotics, lean dies and material flow improve quality, productivity and worker ergonomics
* 2007 Jeep Compass appeals to new buyers with competitive pricing

Auburn Hills, Mich., May 30, 2006 –

The Chrysler Group today announced the manufacturing launch of the all-new Jeep Compass at its Belvidere (Ill.) Assembly Plant. The plant, which was extensively retooled in 2005, has become a flagship for Chrysler Group’s adoption of flexible manufacturing.

Flexible manufacturing is allowing the Company to bring its new vehicles to market more quickly and the Belvidere Assembly Plant to manufacture multiple products on one assembly line. Production of the all-new 2007 Dodge Caliber began there in January 2006, while the 2007 Jeep Patriot is scheduled to begin later this fall.

“We are now starting to see the results of the new flexible manufacturing process that we believe is a competitive advantage for the Chrysler Group,” said Frank Ewasyshyn, Executive Vice President – Manufacturing. “Thanks to Belvidere’s ability to build multiple models off one assembly line, we expect the Jeep Compass production to cost significantly less than the initial investment we made in the plant to build the Dodge Caliber.”

At the core of the new manufacturing process is a body shop comprised of robots instead of the dedicated tooling that was previously used. Belvidere is Chrysler Group’s first assembly plant to use a body shop comprised entirely of robotics. Only the robots’ end affectors, or “hands,” need to change in order to build the different models. That tool change is done automatically, within the time it takes to cycle from one vehicle to the next. In addition, the Belvidere plant is flexible enough to vary the production mix between three products anywhere from 0 to 100 percent of each model. A fourth model can also be piloted, or test-built at the same time, helping reduce the time needed to make new-model changeovers. The new body shop and other upgrades are part of a $419 million total Belvidere investment announced in 2005.

Many other changes are also taking place within the Chrysler Group manufacturing process to accommodate the multiple models. For example, new ways to make the required amount of stamping dies are saving the company up to 60 percent on the cost of those dies.


F1 Monaco: Juan Pablo Montoya Second

Monaco, May 28, 2006
The start: Kimi and Juan Pablo had qualified fourth and sixth. After the stewards of the meeting had demoted Michael Schumacher and Giancarlo Fisichella, they started the race from side-by-side on the second row ¬ third and fourth ¬ which was also the position they held at the completion of the opening lap. At the beginning of the second lap Kimi overtook Mark Webber’s Williams-Cosworth going up the hill after Ste Devote to take second position.

The race: Kimi shadowed race leader Alonso by the close margin of around half a second. Meanwhile, behind Webber, Juan Pablo was holding fourth position. This leading quartet was recording very closely matched lap times in the early stages, during which the gap to the pursuing pack grew constantly. Juan Pablo came in for his first scheduled pit stop on lap 21 (9.9sec) and remained in fourth position when he rejoined the race. Kimi came in one lap later (10.3sec) and briefly dropped to third place when he went back into the race.

After the stops of Alonso and Webber on lap 25 the original order at the head of the field was resumed. On lap 34 the four leaders were covered by 1.8sec. After Webber’s retirement at the beginning of lap 49 the safety car was deployed and Alonso, Kimi (6.3sec) and Juan Pablo (7.4sec) made their second round of stops at the end of this lap.

On lap 51 Kimi retired with a heat shield fire coming of the hairpin. Two laps later the safety car was withdrawn and Juan Pablo was now in second position. He held that place to the end of the 78-lap race to finish 14.5sec behind race winner Alonso.


Juan Pablo Montoya: “I’m pleased with today’s result as it’s a reward for everybody at McLaren and Mercedes who have been working hard for the past couple of weeks to improve our competitiveness. As is often the case in Monaco I really struggled with traffic and lost too much time to Fernando to be able to mount a challenge when I had a clear track ahead of me. The car was good and I think we could have won today if things had gone our way. However Monaco is such an unpredictable race where you have to be in the right place at the right time. We now want to work hard to continue our progress. There is still some way to go, but I’m really looking forward to the British Grand Prix.”

Kimi Räikkönen: “Things just didn’t go my way today. Our strategy would probably have meant that I would have been able to take the lead after the second series of pitstops, but we really lost out when the Safety Car came out. Then there was a small fire caused by a heat shield which damaged a wiring loom and that was the end of the race for me. It’s always disappointing to retire both for me and the team but it’s particularly hard when you all know that you are in with a good chance to win. However we have made progress and the car was really competitive today, and we aim to do well at Silverstone.”

Ron Dennis, Team Principal: “A good result for Juan Pablo whose challenge for the lead was hampered by the traffic between him and Fernando following his last stop which took place during the Safety Car period. After the first round of pitstops it was clear to us that Kimi had seven laps more fuel than Fernando. Kimi was just saving his tyres and engine but then the deployment of the Safety Car following Webber’s on-track retirement caused us to lose this advantage. During Kimi’s stop the exhaust temperature rose significantly and failed to cool sufficiently following his return to the track behind the Safety Car. The excessive heat burnt a wiring loom which finished his race. At least we were very competitive and our target is to maintain the momentum into Silverstone.”

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:

“We showed good speed during the whole weekend and the right strategy to be in with the best chance of winning. I am sorry for Kimi who had to retire due to a heat shield fire. Well done to Juan Pablo who drove a solid race to finish second. This weekend has seen us taking a step forward and we want to continue this trend. We are now looking forward to the next race at Silverstone.”

German Football Association (DFB) receives new Mercedes-Benz Travego touring coach for the German national team

* New Travego M high-decker luxury touring coach provided by general sponsor Mercedes-Benz

* Outstanding levels of comfort and safety

* Enhanced, more dynamic form and design

* Environmentally-friendly Euro 4 diesel engine featuring BlueTec diesel technology

Stuttgart/Frankfurt, May 29, 2006
With the FIFA World Cup fast approaching, the German Football Association (DFB) has received a new team bus. General sponsor Mercedes-Benz handed over the Travego M high-decker luxury touring coach in the run-up to the friendly between the German national team and FSV 63 Luckenwalde, which was played in Frankfurt/Main on May 16, 2006. With an output of 315 kW (428 hp), the 12.96-metre long vehicle is the DFB’s first ever three-axle touring coach.

„We want the players to travel safely and comfortably from game to game, so that they can relax and concentrate on their next fixture. Complete with a unique equipment and appointments package, the new Travego is just the ticket for this. For instance, the already exemplary standard safety package has been further enhanced“, says Wolfgang Diez, responsible for bus and coach activities at DaimlerChrysler. The touring coach is equipped with state-of-the-art safety technology such as the Electronic Stability Program (ESP), anti-lock braking system (ABS), acceleration skid control (ASR), Brake Assist (BA), a continuous braking limiter, proximity control, a Voith retarder, a reversing aid with a visual indicator in the exterior mirror and a reversing camera at the rear. „As well as outstanding safety, this touring coach offers the German players the ultimate in comfort, including an interior that has been specially designed to meet the needs of the national team“, adds Diez.

The modified design gives the Travego an elegant and distinctive appearance. Sporting a metallic obsidian black paint finish, the new team bus is given extra dynamism courtesy of an eye-catching DFB design incorporating the national colours. These same colours also dominate the interior. The black, red and yellow interior appointments are based on the „Fashion“ appointments line. All of the seats are upholstered in black Luxline leather with mars-red side sections and saffron-yellow piping. Plus they are fitted with footrests. And reducing the number of passenger seats to 36 has provided plenty of extra legroom for the players, coaches and backroom staff. A harmonious contrast is provided by the yellow curtains for the side windows. At the rear of the bus, there are four club tables, should anyone on board wish to leave their seats and get together with other colleagues. High-quality infotainment is also available in the shape of a 6 DVD changer, a TV tuner and three electrically folding 15-inch screens – one at the front, one in the centre aisle and one at the rear – to name but a few examples.

In addition, the touring coach features a whole host of further highlights including a 32-kW roof-mounted air-conditioning system with automatic climate control and separately controlled driver’s air conditioning, an axial-fan sidewall heating system with elbow-level outlets and electrically adjustable roof hatches which are fitted with a rain sensor and close automatically when a certain level of moisture is detected. Other on-board equipment includes a heated toilet, a fully equipped galley, a drinks dispenser with space to put down drinks, a separate auxiliary refrigerator, a wardrobe and a satellite navigation system. Needless to say, the new DFB Travego is also equipped with an extended central locking system, a video monitoring system for the centre entrance and an anti-theft alarm system.