Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, has pulled its 2017 diesel models from the certification process in the U.S. Despite this appearing as if Mercedes-Benz is giving up on diesel vehicles in the U.S., the company says it has not decided if it will exit the diesel market entirely in the U.S., reports Automotive News.
Back in September 2015 Volkswagen AG admitted to cheating diesel emissions tests in the U.S. The scandal ultimately led to Volkswagen AG being prosecuted and paying nearly $25 billion to settle the issue, including the buyback of around 500,000 diesel vehicles in the U.S.
After the scandal the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) both stepped up scrutiny on diesel engines from other automakers, including Mercedes-Benz. The U.S. Justice Department, EPA, CARB and a prosecutor in Stuttgart, Germany are investigating emissions on Mercedes-Benz diesel engines.
Today’s announcement by Daimler backpedals what the company stated back in October. At the time the company confirmed Mercedes-Benz would seek approval of four diesel models for the 2017 model year. While they did file for the certifications, today they have pulled them all.
Mercedes-Benz spokesperson also noted to Automotive News that the company can refile for certification for their diesel vehicles for the 2017 model year at a later date. The company ended by saying it is leaving the door open for future diesel models in the U.S., for now.
Daimler AG isn’t the only manufacturer that has struggled to get 2017 diesel vehicles approved for sale in the U.S. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles came under investigation in January regarding its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. Subsequently, the EPA and CARB have thus far refused to approve the company’s 2017 diesel models.