Mercedes-Benz is considering introducing fuel economy and emission bands that provide an even clearer indication of the real-world figures drivers will achieve according to different driving styles, according to company boss Dieter Zetsche.
Talking ahead of this evening’s A-Class reveal, Zetsche (pictured below) highlighted the benefits of the new emissions test cycles, Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) and Real Driving Emissions (RDE), which are being phased in this year, but admitted that there were internal talks within Mercedes as to whether more could be done to help car buyers find accurate information.
“The new regulations significantly address the issues of the old ones,” said Zetsche. “Under the old system, the focus was on CO2 and the tolerances for other pollutants were high. WLTP enforces a much smaller window of tolerance and tests across a much wider and more realistic range.