Mercedes ML320 CDI banned in some states. Is BMW next?

Others | August 10th, 2007 by 10

The ML model of the german car manufacture Mercedes has been given a red light in some US states. The authorities have decided that the …

The ML model of the german car manufacture Mercedes has been given a red light in some US states. The authorities have decided that the Mercedes ML320 CDI, powered by a 3.0L diesel engine will be banned due to concerns regarding its emissions technology and the effect on the surrounding environment. California was the first one to raise their concerns, followed by Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont.

The SUV’s turbocharged V-6 power plant contributes less to global warming than any gas engine out there and the authorities have also ignored the fact that the nationwide introduction last fall of ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel has nixed the blue-smoke spew associated with such cars.

It is also know that the BMW 335d and a BMW X5 diesel model are going to be launched in the US sometimes in 2008, latest early 2009. With this mind, I have a couple of questions for you:

1. Do you agree with the decision made by the 5 states?

2. Do you think BMW and Mercedes could form an alliance in order to protest against these states? Can the US states afford to ignore these great engines?

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  • http://www.bmwe36blog.com Tony Sticks

    Hi,

    This is my first comment here. I’m a fan of BMW cars (not Mercedes), but I also love the environment (it’s where we all live), so if this decision will help reduce polution. I 100% think it’s right.

    The most important issue is to see other regulations in other markets, not just the cars market.

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  • Dan

    The writer appears to not be familiar with US emission standards. There are national standards, and then California has stricter standards, which as the writer noted have been adopted by 4 other states. These engines are not banned per se, but are not allowed to be sold new in these states. Used diesels can be and are imported into these states all the time. The 2007 Mercedes E320 Bluetec did not pass CA emission standards, but only by a fraction of a percent. Once they add the AdBlue mixture (which the US EPA is almost ready to approve) then these diesels will be able to be sold in all 50 states.

    Since California and New York are two of the largest auto markets in the US, you can understand why BMW has been reluctant to import their wonderful diesels. With Ultra Low Sulpher Diesel finally available in the US, manufacters will finally be able to meet these tough emissions standards. Then we can all enjoy driving diesel cars in the US again. Sometimes I miss my old Rabbit diesel, but I’m really excited for a 3 series diesel.

    • Daron

      Has anyone had experience importing a diesel BMW to the US and have info to share?

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  • Pete

    1. Do yo”u agree with the decision made by the 5 states?”

    Yes! Those five states have tougher emission laws, and the mercedes in question did not pass. Those laws are there for a reason – to protect the air we breath in. Did you ever see what Los Angeles looked like in thte 70s?

    “2. Do you think BMW and Mercedes could form an alliance in order to protest against these states? Can the US states afford to ignore these great engines?”

    They probably could, and may try to circumvent the laws that are there for a damn good reason. I just hope that they are unsuccessful at that.

    And to answer the other loaded question – yes, we can all [afford to] live without cars that pollute too much.

  • Dan

    First of all, the diesel emission laws are far stricter than the gas emission rules. Why? Because the US industry does not need massive diesel imports, as long as the US car manufacturers don’t sell diesel cars. So the local producers must be protected.

    On the other hand, if you study the emissions of the ML320 CDI and compare them with the emissions of the ML 500 (gas), you will notice that the diesel engine has far less emissions. Still, ML 500 is sold in USA and it passed the emission tests (not so tight for gas engines). So go figure it out…

  • Justin

    The BMW 120D just won an award for being the greenest vehicle on the planet. There are different standards for diesel and petrol and Dan is correct that you need to understand why certain laws are written (environmental laws are not always in the best interest of the environment… sometimes they are for the pocketbook).

    Bring the diesels here and start building them from domestic suppliers with newer technology.

  • Dave

    No, I do not agree with the 5 states, only, possibly, with California. That state is the only one that really has some scientific reason to be this extreme.

    For far too long, the environmental concerns have treated their subject without regard to the costs to the American consumer. The requirement is extreme, unnedeed, and keeps out very good European diesel cars that get 63 mpg or better. America desparately needs improved fuel economy. It is ironic that the same bunch that has gone ’round the bend about the unproven global warming theory is also responsible for the inability of Americans to mitigate their major source of contribution to the supposed problem.

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