Mercedes-Benz announced that they are finally bringing their BLUETEC diesel engines to the entire US market. The BLUETEC diesel will be the first engine to meet the EPA's BIN5 emissions requirements for all 50 states. Mercedes' full SUV lineup, including the R-Class, M-Class and GL-Class, will all be available with the BLUETEC. The new engines reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by injecting a urea-based solution into the exhaust. Hopefully, this will be just the first step to bringing more BLUETEC diesels to the full Mercedes and Chrysler line-ups. The new engines will be available starting in calender year 2008. The full Mercedes-Benz press release is available after the jump

[Source: Mercedes-Benz USA]

Diesel M-, R- And GL-Class SUVs First To Meet Stringent BIN5 Certification

MONTVALE, NJ -- Mercedes-Benz today announced that it intends to offer BLUETEC diesel-powered versions of its popular M-, R- and GL-Class sport-utility vehicles in the United States beginning in CY 2008. Delivering a perfect balance of power, fuel economy and range, the new BLUETEC SUVs are set to be the world's first diesel-powered vehicles to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's stringent BIN5 emissions standards for all 50 states.

Developed by Mercedes-Benz, BLUETEC represents the world's cleanest diesel technology and showcases several state-of-the-art engine and exhaust technologies, allowing the luxury manufacturer to offer their customers powerful SUV's which are fuel efficient and environmentally responsible at the same time. BLUETEC technology is especially important in helping to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions. Beginning in CY 2008, BLUETEC M-, R- and GL-Class vehicles will showcase AdBlue injection, a process that adds precisely measured quantities of a urea-based solution into the exhaust stream to help reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 80 percent.

Today's announcement represents a significant step for the future acceptance of diesel vehicles in the U.S. market, which can contribute to significant fuel savings and a reduction in oil imports. This fact was confirmed in a study by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2004. Margo Oge, head of its Office of Transportation and Air Quality, concluded that if only one-third of all light-duty trucks in the U.S. were operated with modern diesel engines, the country would save 1.4 million barrels of oil per day – equal to the amount of oil the U.S. currently imports from Saudi Arabia.

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