The German green group has just revealed the Mercedes C-Class 200 CDI model is exceeding more than twice the Euro-5 limits.
German environmental lobby group DUH said yesterday it found emissions over the Euro-5 limit for Daimler’s Mercedes C-Class 200 CDI model, citing tests made by the University of Applied Sciences in Bern, Switzerland. DUH said the diesel vehicle released emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) that were more than twice the legal limits when tested under new European testing cycles. In response to these allegations, Daimler released a statement describing as “questionable” the results of emissions tests for its C-Class 200 CDI. “The test results are questionable as the conditions of the test are not clear. We don’t know the specific car, the temperature at the time of the tests, the loading weight,” a Daimler spokesman said.
The lobby group also said last month Renault’s Espace minivan is polluting 25 times the legal limit. The report claimed that when the engine reaches its normal running temperature, the 1.6-litre Espace unit with the latest Euro 6 diesel generation emits up to 2.06 grams of NOx per kilometer. This would mean more than 25 times the European Union limit. The report was published in cooperation with the US International Council on Clean Transportation, the same independent nonprofit organization which initiated the original investigation that triggered the VW’s scandal. In October, the same DUH said the Opel Zafira 1.6 CDTi multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) model could exceed under “certain situations” the EU limits by close to 17 times. All the tests were done on its behalf by the University of Applied Sciences in Bern, Switzerland.