Mercedes Defends Diesel, Still Believes CO2 Is Biggest Issue

Engine

German companies can't escape the addiction.

In the aftermath of Volkswagen’s diesel manipulation scandal, the fuel has become a dirty, raunchy taboo in the boardrooms of most major automakers. Mercedes-Benz, however, isn’t quite ready to quit. Dieter Zetsche, boss of Mercedes’ parent company, Daimler, said that consumer confidence in diesel powertrains is still high despite the political narrative unfolding in Europe. Sales are increasing, shoppers in the Old World bought more diesels in 2017 than in 2016, and a majority of Mercedes’ sales still come from oil-burners.

“In 2018 we are seeing a small dip in diesel take-up, but customers, on the whole, are still showing confidence,” Zetsche told Autocar at the company’s annual meetings. “More than 50% of our sales are diesels. They are more open to the options than the political discussions suggest.” For Zetsche, the question surrounds CO2 emission levels. “We are talking a lot about NOx but I believe CO2 is still the biggest issue," pointing out the fact that diesel engines emit less carbon dioxide but more nitrogen oxide pollutants than petrol. He also announced Mercedes is investigating voluntarily releasing its own fuel economy and emission information to help drivers understand the effects.

You Might Also Like
10 Stunning Track Cars Transformed From The Street
10 Stunning Track Cars Transformed From The Street
10 Awesome New Car Features Of 2018
10 Awesome New Car Features Of 2018

“The new regulations and test methods are a great step forward, but if we can offer even more realistic information that helps the customer then it can only be a good thing,” he said. Truthfully though, Mercedes needs diesel’s good time to continue as each of the big German three could face heavy European Union penalties if consumers begin buying more gasoline-powered cars, which could skew their carefully calculated fleet-wide CO2 emissions.

Fake Lamborghini Murcielago SV Reverse-Engineered By Iran

The Chinese couldn’t have done it better.

Hennessey Trackhawk Is World's Quickest SUV

That's what a thousand horsepower will do for ya.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Kim Jong-un Gets Classy With New Ride

So much for sanctions.

Drifting A 1,000-HP Corvette On Mountain Roads Takes Some Serious Skill

Thought drifting the entire Nurburgring was challenging? Try it in a 1,000-hp Corvette on a mountain road with no safety rails.

Hennessey Heritage Edition Ford Truck Makes More Power Than Anything You’ve Got

This crazy beast is even more powerful than the Ford GT.

Ford Imagines A Future With No Traffic Lights

Stopping at junctions could be a thing of the past in the future.

One-Off Ferrari 330GT Speciale Is A 50-Year-Old Dream Come True

This stunning coachbuilding project is a tribute to legendary Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti.

What's Hot

Related Cars

Starting MSRP
$106,950

Related Reviews

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class First Look Review: Another Leap Forward
First Look
31
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class First Look Review: Another Leap Forward
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan
0
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review
2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S / E43 Sedan Review
Model Overview
0
2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S / E43 Sedan Review