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Old 12-13-2017, 05:04 PM   #1
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Default Mercedes ditching diesels in North America?

Here is a blurb about it, that doesn't go into much details.

If the article is correct, does this mean that Sprinters will be dropped from the market, or will M-B move to gasoline engines?
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Old 12-13-2017, 05:30 PM   #2
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Interesting, but with a new plant going up I don't think they will bail on the vans, just make them gas.

I also think that they excuse of the biodiesel issues may be just that, an excuse. In reality, I think it could also be because they were pulling similar "cheats" to VW, and can either not make the standard and maintain performance and mileage, or the requirement of listing changes from past models may have scared them into the fear of past transgressions showing up in the filings.

Gas engine tech is getting the point they can compete with diesel on nearly all fronts, so not all that big a practical deal, but I do hope they change the design parameters for gas engines to more closely match the diesels, such as making the setup to run full output for long periods without overheating and causing excessive wear. You need that for trucks and very heavy vehicles. Gas engines have traditionally been much more powerful than the diesels, but limited in the time they can put out that much power, because they weren't used in that type of applications. Some gas engines came close though, like the Ford V10 and the old Ford 300CID inline six cylinder.
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I was looking at sprinters in 2007-the first year of the modern sprinter. IT DID HAVE A GASOLINE ENGINE OPTION. the option only lasted one year.

Transit vans are gasoline-at least in North america.

However the gasoline engine that sprinter offered in 2007 required PREMIUM gasoline.
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It's already been reported the Ladson, SC plant would build gas Sprinters. That's old news. Whether they build diesels or not is not clear. The article speculates diesels are on their way out because MB has not submitted documentation to the NHTSA on their new models for diesel engines. I guess they have to do that annually.
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I suspect that part of the calculation is that they very likely have taken a tremendous beating on warranty repair costs on the BlueTec emissions system that they have been totally unable to make reliable.

Diesel is not long for this world anyway, so it makes sense for them to just move on.
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It's already been reported the Ladson, SC plant would build gas Sprinters. That's old news. Whether they build diesels or not is not clear. The article speculates diesels are on their way out because MB has not submitted documentation to the NHTSA on their new models for diesel engines. I guess they have to do that annually.

Where did you read that? the ladson plant stuff?
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I was looking at sprinters in 2007-the first year of the modern sprinter. IT DID HAVE A GASOLINE ENGINE OPTION. the option only lasted one year.

Transit vans are gasoline-at least in North america.

However the gasoline engine that sprinter offered in 2007 required PREMIUM gasoline.
There is a diesel option for the Transit van in North America...

The EcoBoost gas engine is generally preferred to the diesel but it has not been offered in the cutaway so the diesel is used in some of the Class C Transits, e.g., the Winnebago Fuse and the LTV Wonder...
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The story on Mercedes dropping diesels in USA was first reported several months ago on the Sprinter-Source forum. At the time the MB executive quoted said that diesels only accounted for 2% of Mercedes car sales in USA so for 2017 they were dropping the diesel option. Sprinters were not specifically discussed in the story, but as a result of that news release they dropped the 4-cylinder diesel option on Sprinters for the balance of 2017 MY. Only the 3.0L V-6 diesel continued to be offered in 2017 Sprinters. I suspect part of the problem was cost of getting the old 2.1L 4-cylinder certified in USA, while Mercedes has just released a new 2.0L 4-cylinder diesel in Europe that is likely to end up in USA Sprinters.

Long term I'd imagine diesels will be limited to the heavy truck market. But then Tesla is turning that idea on its head with its new Class 8 electric truck.


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Where did you read that? the ladson plant stuff?
gerrym51, It's not 2007 anymore. It came from remarks the CEO gave in Germany in a speech. But I think they are looking more forward than the internal combustion engine for Sprinters. Maybe that is not good for RVs and their long distance propensities but fits in well with the bulk of their sales in commercial vans in the cities.

You can get a lot of information from Mercedes Benz Global Media Site.

Daimler Global Media Site
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There is a diesel option for the Transit van in North America...

The EcoBoost gas engine is generally preferred to the diesel but it has not been offered in the cutaway so the diesel is used in some of the Class C Transits, e.g., the Winnebago Paseo and the LTV Wonder...
Just to clarify, the Paseo is a Class B with the gasoline 3.5L twin turbo "ecoboost" engine.

Thor and the Winnebago Fuse Class Cs use the diesel.
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