Filed under: Luxury Cars & Autos
Are you ready for a four-cylinder Mercedes Benz S Class?
It seems unthinkable. The same number of cylinders in the big Mercedes that is in a Volkswagen Golf?
The German automaker is rolling out an S-class sedan called the S250 CDI, which has a four-cylinder diesel engine. Mercedes developed the car for Europe, which counts diesels about 40%-50% of new car sales, but so far does not plan to sell it in the U.S.
But that could change in future. Mercedes, BMW and Audi, as well as Volkswagen, have all brought diesels to the U.S.
The German car companies have long been champions of diesel for the U.S. But American consumers have stubbornly long memories of terrible defect-ridden diesels from General Motors in the late 1970s and 80s. The legacy of those cars is that politicians and regulators remain hostile or indifferent to diesel cars in terms of lowering taxes on diesel fuel at the pumps, as Europe did, and ease CO2 standards for diesels.