Mercedes-Benz introduced a new concept car in Los Angeles today.  The new Mercedes-Benz S400 BLUETEC HYBRID concept combines a diesel engine with an electric motor in effort to be fuel efficient while providing the power of a V8 engine.

The S400 BLUETEC HYBRID comes with a V6 that churns out 265 horsepower and 465 ft-lb of horsepower.  This luxury sedan will move from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds while still getting nearly 41 miles per gallon on the highway.  Clearly, Mercedes-Benz is fiercely trying to win the "Green Car of the Year" award, to be presented at the auto show tomorrow morning.

Mercedes-Benz has to be flying pretty high in Los Angeles.  Themed as a "green" showcase, MB is coming in off the success of their E320 BLUETEC, a diesel sedan available in the states.  Picked as the 2007 World Green Car by the World Car of the Year awards, the E320 could lay the foundation for Mercedes-Benz to become the top player in hybrid and alternative fuel cars.

Banking on that success, Mercedes-Benz is looking to make the S400 BLUETEC HYBRID the top choice for luxury sedan buyers not wanting to create a big carbon footprint.

Mercedes-Benz Introduces S400 BLUETEC HYBRID Concept