European emission standards define acceptable limits of emissions for different vehicles sold in the European Union. Keeping in mind particulate matter and emissions from vehicles and aircraft, there are a number of various stands for each of these classes of transport. Mercedes Benz has taken conservation of the environment seriously, by incorporating superior engines in all of its vehicles. Adhering to Euro 6 European emissions standard, it has designed its class A and B engines to be environment friendly by meeting the required emissions standards laid down. These engines have been tested and a drastic reduction in particulate limits has been seen, which is an integral part of these engines. Mercedes Benz has promised that deliveries made prior to the upgrade of these engines can also be recoded to provide optimum performance within the European Standards.
Though these limits are to be placed into effect in 2014, Mercedes Benz has already complied, showing the major role it plays when it comes to the environmental acceptability of its vehicles. Dr. Thomas Weber, Board Member responsible for Group Research and Development for Mercedes-Benz Cars said, that diesel car models too are being provided with Euro 6 compliant upgrades. These upgrades will help to reduce amount of nitrogen oxide in exhaust emissions of diesel cars and commercial vehicles, with the introduction of Blue TEC technology.
Thanks to the use of advanced technology by Mercedes Benz it has been possible for the company to provide to the A class and b class petrol engines. This has ensured that vehicles will comply with the strict particle number limit of 6×1011 per Km which will not become compulsory until the year 2017, when the second phase of Euro 6 will be launched. For vehicles produced from August 2012 (B-Class: September), this will be documented in the certificate of conformity or COC. Vehicles that have been produced earlier can be recoded and customers will be contacted so as to enable them obtain new COC certificate from their Mercedes Benz outlet.
News release: Mercedes-Benz undercuts limits planned for 2017: A-Class petrol engines meet EURO 6 standard
A good two years before the new EURO 6 European emissions standard is due to come into effect for all petrol-engined vehicles on 1.9.2014, the petrol engines of the new Mercedes-Benz A and B-Class have been confirmed as already meeting the required emission limits. More specifically, the engines also already undercut the particulate limits which are being introduced for the first time for petrol engines. Recoding of models which have already been delivered will also be possible.
“With this advance compliance, Mercedes-Benz is once again highlighting its pioneering role when it comes to the environmental acceptability of its vehicles”, explains Dr. Thomas Weber, Board Member responsible for Group Research and Development for Mercedes-Benz Cars. “With our diesel vehicles too, since as early as 2009 we have had an increasing number of models on the market which already meet the EURO 6 diesel requirements which will apply from 2014.” Mercedes-Benz also played a pioneering role in the automotive industry by reducing nitrogen oxide in the exhaust emissions of diesel passenger cars and trucks with the introduction of BlueTEC technology.
Thanks to advanced Mercedes-Benz technology, the direct-injection petrol engines in the A 180, A 200 and A 250, as well as in the corresponding models in the B-Class, have succeeded in undercutting the new standard since start of production, and as such even undercut the extremely strict particle number limit of 6 x 1011 per km, which will not become compulsory until the second stage of EURO 6 from 2017. For vehicles produced from August 2012 (B-Class: September), this will be documented in the vehicle documentation (COC/Certificate of Conformity). Vehicles produced earlier can be appropriately recoded. Customers will be contacted so that they can obtain a new COC document along with manufacturer confirmation from their Mercedes-Benz service partner.
On 29 May 2012, the European Commission published Directive 459/2012, establishing the EURO 6 emission regulations for vehicles with petrol engines from 2014 for Stage 1, and from 2017 for Stage 2. The new specification stipulates that in the future, petrol models will also have to meet the strict particulate limits of 6 x 1011 particles per kilometre.