Mercedes-Benz Will Ditch Diesel Engines From U.S. Market

"We have to look at that and see whether it makes sense to offer diesels in the future.”

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A few days back, some reports suggested that Mercedes-Benz won't ditch it diesel power units anytime soon. But now, another news has surfaced that the company could drop it in the U.S. market.

According to the report, the German giant is waiting on EPA certification on a limited number of diesel models. But it's not that easy because of the recent dieselgate scandal. Due to this, the government agency has imposed rigorous testing procedures.

Matthias Luehrs, Vice President of Sales and Product Management for Mercedes-Benz Cars said that the automaker is conducting market research on diesel demand.

"We have to look at that and see whether it makes sense to offer diesels in the future. We have not come to a conclusion but we obviously always tend to develop cars and offer vehicles according to customer's' demands," he said.

The new rigorous testing procedures imposed by the agency for EPA certification could take some time. So the company could drop some diesel engined models from its U.S. range.

Luehrs calls this as a "theoretical option" and he also said that the demand for diesel vehicles in North America is low. The market research results of the company will be available early next year.

Now, the main priority for Mercedes-Benz is to secure EPA certification for the GLS diesel model, powered by V6 powerplant.

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