Mercedes May Bid Goodbye To Diesel Engines In America

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German carmaker Mercedes-Benz is questioning whether it should continue offering diesel powered vehicles in the American market as the demand for diesel keeps on decreasing in the United States.

Matthias Luehrs, Vice President of Sales and Product Management for Mercedes-Benz told Automotive News at the Los Angeles Auto Show that Mercedes is conducting market research on U.S. diesel demand to help guide its direction for the future.

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

Leuhrs though stated that Mercedes-Benz is working to get certification on a limited number of diesel models (GLS, GLE, GLC and the C-Class) it had planned to offer in the U.S.

However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made testing procedures even more rigorous post Volkswagen's infamous dieselgate emissions cheating scandal which has delayed diesel certifications for Mercedes and other automakers.

Mercedes has already stated before that it plans to discontinue the C-Class diesel in the United States from 2017.

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