CEO Ola Kallenius believes buyers will come to see diesel as the cleanest of the conventional fuels
Jim Holder
10 September 2019

Mercedes-Benz global diesel sales are growing again, suggesting the fuel type is far from dead, CEO Ola Källenius has revealed.

Speaking at the Frankfurt motor show, Källenius revealed that he believed common sense would ultimately preserve the fuel's future. He pointed to data to show that the latest upgrades had made it a cleaner choice for many buyers even in terms of NOx emissions.

"The good thing about facts is that they are facts," he said. "The truth is that in most situations, diesels enjoy an economy benefit of 15-20% and in a lot of circumstances also lower NOx emissions than they are certified at. There is no rational reason today not to buy one if your driving profile suits its best use.

"At Mercedes, we only experienced a relatively small decline in sales, but over the past months we have seen that mix creeping up again. At the point of sale the public are typically very rational and so, if diesel meets their needs, they will buy it. If it doesn't, we must ensure we have alternatives.

"But on the future of diesel I'm cautiously optimistic."

Mercedes also unveiled a new diesel-electric version of its GLE flagship SUV at the Frankfurt motor show. It joins the smaller E300de and C300de in Mercedes' range of hybrids, as the maker aims to prolong the viability of its diesel-powered product offering. 

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10 September 2019

That's because their strategy is to sell diesel trucks /suv to everyone and will include all manor of nonsesnse in order to make these types of vehicle work. In the US they work because in the US the petrol is cheap so in europe we get the stinking diesel version. My view is if manufacturers need to make things like this at this time (when we should know better) there should be a substantial "SUV tax" of several thousand pounds, every time the vehicle is sold.

10 September 2019

Where's the figures then, also, what's the percentage of diesel sales in the states and Asia?

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

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