• Aug 29, 2006
Despite telling us back in January that its Mercedes-Benz E320 BLUETEC would be compliant with emissions standards in all 50 states, DaimlerChrysler has announced that it has not reached that goal and the vehicle will only be sold in 45 states when it goes on sale this fall. The five states in which the E320 BLUETEC will not be sold include California, Maine, Massachussets, New York and Vermont. The high emissions standards required by these five states represent a major hurdle for any manufacturer that plans to introduce diesels-powered light-duty vehicles in the U.S. If DaimlerChrysler, a vocal proponent of diesel in the U.S., couldn't meet their requirements, we're certain it will be at least a year or two for other automakers to either convert their current diesel engines or develop all-new ones to meet the stiff requirements.

An E320 BLUTEC prototype tested by the EPA in 2004 narrowly missed meeting the EPA's new Tier 2 Bin 5 standard for 50-state compliance. When the car does arrive it will use an NOx absorber to reduce the output of the harmful emissions. Future BLUETEC models will use a urea-based injection system, which the EPA has yet to approve and regulate but promises to do so soon. Urea-based injection technology appears to be the best solution for getting diesels on U.S. soil as fast as possible, but the EPA has concerns over adding another fluid to vehicles that needs to be actively checked and refilled by the driver.

[Source: Green Car Congress]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Gary:

      Calm down. Why would big oil companies fight diesel when they make and sell the stuff themselves?

      This is all lunacy. If we want to consider CO2 a pollutant, shouldn't we be willing to make some small trade-offs on other pollutants to rein in CO2?

      Once again, the total inflexibility of the enviros shows their agenda is smething grander than just cutting pollution. They hate cars and modern life. They're just not honest about it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #9 "fact that CO2 is the greatest greenhouse gas in quantity"

      If you want to base it on fact, water vapor is the greatest greenhouse gas in quantity NOT CO2. CO2 is only 0.117%

      http://lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/gases.html
      http://physicsweb.org/articles/world/16/5/7
      http://www.clearlight.com/~mhieb/WVFossils/greenhouse_data.html

      "Water vapor constitutes Earth's most significant greenhouse gas, accounting for about 95% of Earth's greenhouse effect (4). Interestingly, many "facts and figures' regarding global warming completely ignore the powerful effects of water vapor in the greenhouse system, carelessly (perhaps, deliberately) overstating human impacts as much as 20-fold."

      NOTE: All this info is from tree huggers -- stop believing the idiots who say the problem is CO2!!! If you take out water vapor (which all the Michael Moore Wanne-be's do so that they can deceive people) then yes CO2 is the largest but in the scale of less than 1 percent!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The people of the United States need to understand that there is a clear and present danger called FORIGN OIL. There are a few technologies, vehicle and chemical that working together could put a significant dent I the amount of foreign oil that we import. Biodiesel has the most potential but without cars to run it in it becomes a non-solution. While I am very concerned about the environment but I am more concerned about my security. The situation of our country is dire … Please, EPA and California, keep your particulate matter standards but reduce the NOx emissions standards for the sake of national security. Everyone call your representatives, especially if you live in California and the states that follow that emissions standards and ask them to slightly modify their Nox specification, you may be able to save your country if you do.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just wish all the folks that say " if only the automakers slapped a diesel in Car X, Y and Z all drivers would enjoy astronomical fuel economy at no cost to the environment " could read this story. If M-B has trouble making a diesel clean enough to be sold in all 50 states, obviously, Ford and GM can't do any better.
      I really was hoping that between low sulfur diesel fuel and BluTec technology, auto manufacturers FINALLY had the key needed to build a diesel powered car for sale in the U.S.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As for MBZ diesels being taxi cabs in most of Europe - it's been that way for thirty years or more. MBZ sells lots of C and E sized bodies with far fewer options on them and far smaller diesel engines in Euroland than they do here. They make GREAT cabs. They run forever (if you change the oil regularly) and cost little to operate. Believe it or not, you do not need 0 to 60 in 5 seconds or less to have a great car! MBZ does not bring the full Mercedes range into the US - which is sad - because our cab industry could sure use something better than a crown vic or the ubiquitious Lincoln Town Cars so prevelant in Manhattan. A nice C or E class body with a 190 cubic centimeter diesel engine will get you from point a to point be in style, with the usual MBZ solidity and durability and safety. The fact that it may be a touch slow from a dead stop to 20 MPH hardly matters in our friggin' traffic in both NY and CA today! After having lived in Amsterdam for five years, and then moving back to the US, I am shocked by how many huge SUV's (Lincoln's, Cadillacs, etc) I see on the roads with one small housewife driving them! Maybe if we had choices and if we paid the seven dollar a gallon prices that most of Europe pays for Diesel or Gasoline, we'd be a little more careful about our huge cars with immense engines that are a total waste of money, space, and most of all, a waste of a precious and dwindling resource, too. I have a 2006 MBZ Diesel and a 1999 MBZ diesel. Both great cars. I fill up my tank about once every three weeks in either. And I drive a fewhundred miles per week. In my old BMW, I was filling the tank two or three times a week! BRAVO MERCEDES! Most people don't have homes in neighboring states and hence cannot buy and operate a new diesel in either NY or CA where we need them most! Because I own real estate in nearby Connecticut, I can keep my cars registered there, although they spend most of their time on the streets of Manhattan.

      Soon, it is rumored, we're going to see a super-efficient MBZ Diesel engine combined iwth Hybrid technology. That should give us an E size car with milage of nearly 80 mpg or better. I'll be there check in hand the day they're released for sale.

      In the meantime, my MBZ diesels are about as good as it gets for cost effective transportation that come with both style and safety, too!

      BRAVO MERCEDES

      • 8 Years Ago
      come on VW! you can do it!
      • 8 Years Ago
      #13. Please learn the difference between "forcing" and "feedback". Otherwise you sound like you're regurgitating ignorance.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh and did you know that a Benz is seems to be nothing more than taxi cabs in Amesterdam, freaking taxi cabs. We get a Ford Crown Vic? I was talking with some guys we met from Austraila while we were over there and they said they noticed the same thing. They said "down under" they usually have some crappy Ford's for taxi cabs.

      Unreal, a Benz has been reduced to a Taxi Cab? People in Europe know how to keep there brands in-check! :-)
      • 8 Years Ago
      To rebut Martin's comments, this is not the 320CDI engine, but actually a new V-6 diesel. And while the 320 Comon Rail Injection is on the intake side, the urea injection occurs on the exhaust side. Also, technically the Bluetech system's mainstay is the particulate filter in the exhaust system and not the AdBlue (read: urea) injection. So technically this is a Bluetech setup.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If the EPA wanted to protect the environment they would have put a gas guzzler tax on pickups and SUVs.

      http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/info.shtml#guzzler

      • 8 Years Ago
      If the demand for fuel goes down,so will the price,,and profits for the oil companies.There is alot of bullshit lobbying that goes on in the US Government.This new oil burner like the previous posts stated,Europe Fine with it.The EU is probably the leader in emision reduction.They were the first to go with water based paints for their car plants?Anyone know how the yaris got through the crash tests here? And the Polo didn't when they both have the same European ratings? The Cali state is screwed,I agree there are more Junk trucks and cars that polute far more than this car would...I totaly agree If they wanted us to help our air there should of been a gas guzzler plate tax anually like the EU has.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You mean to tell me that the average driver still checks their fluids?
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