Diesel emission testing has become quite the nightmare for automakers since Volkswagen’s emission-test-cheating scandal broke in September 2015.
Since uncovering the illegal defeat device in VW TDI-powered vehicles, we’ve seen these emission tests become time-consuming and prohibitively costly for many automaker. Now, according to a report from Automotive News, Mercedes has had enough and is pausing its attempt to have its diesel engines certified for 2017.
According to Mercedes spokesperson Rob Moran, “Combined with the increased effort to certify diesel engines in the U.S., we have put the certification process for diesel passenger cars on hold.”
According to the report, this shouldn’t have too much of an impact on Mercedes’ bottom line, as diesel-powered vehicles only account for about 1% of the brand’s total sales. Despite the combination of tough testing and low sales, Mercedes still refuses to completely close the door on having its 2017 diesels certified, according to Moran.
The uncertainty becomes even greater when it comes to 2018 Mercedes models, as the EPA is investigating the automaker for a possible cheat device similar to VW’s. Fortunately for Mercedes, the EPA has uncovered precisely jack squat.
Prior to canceling its bid to have its diesel engines certified to U.S. consumption, Mercedes-Benz had announced it planned to sell four diesel-fueled models here in the States.
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