Mercedes offers emissions software update for 3m diesel models

Daimler is recalling three million Mercedes Benz diesel vehicles to offer owners a software fix for their cars. The move has come about as prosecutors are investigating possible emissions test cheating in a similar manner that brought about the VW Emissions Scandal.

The recall is voluntary and is to reduce NOx pollution. It expands on an existing voluntary service action that was started in March, where drivers of compact class Mercedes Benz cars with a specific engine option have had the work carried out to improve NOx emissions. Around 45% of these models have been updated so far.

Mercedes Benz V-Class customers have also been offered similar work, and about three quarters of the models involved in Germany have had work carried out. The total cost of work is expected to be around 220 million euros (£195 million), and is not linked to ongoing investigations.

The extension of the service action will involve around three million vehicles across a number of model series, and involves nearly all Euro 5 and Euro 6 Mercedes Benz vehicles in Europe. Using knowledge gained from the latest developments on the new Mercedes Benz family of diesel engines, the company is retro-fitting software to reduce NOX.

At the same time, Daimler is pushing forward with its roll out of the latest diesel units across its model line-up.

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, said: "The public debate about diesel engines is creating uncertainty – especially for our customers. We have therefore decided on additional measures to reassure drivers of diesel cars and to strengthen confidence in diesel technology.

"We are convinced that diesel engines will continue to be a fixed element of the drive-system mix, not least due to their low CO2 emissions."

Mercedes Benz offices in Germany were raided in May by prosecutors and the police, as part of investigations into the possible manipulation of diesel exhaust emissions in passenger cars. Daimler says it is co-operating with the authorities in this matter.

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:19th Jul 2017

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