Well BMW execs are certainly celebrating this week. The automaker’s 2017 model-year diesels are finally approved for sale in the U.S. after delays due to more rigorous EPA testing.
2017 BMW Diesels Approved for Sale
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the sale of BMW’s 2017 model-year diesels late last week. BMW sells the diesel-powered 3-Series, 5-Series, X3, and X5 in the states. The diesel BMW 7-Series won’t be sold here.
According to Reuters, Chris Grundler, head of the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, says the agency granted certification to BMW on Friday after a thorough review.
“We tested the vehicles every which way from Sunday,” Grundler said. “We asked for more data from the company.”
The more rigorous EPA testing follows the Volkswagen TDI emissions scandal last fall. VW admitted it cheated on U.S. emissions tests. Many of its diesels contained software that allowed them to emit up to 40 times legally permissible level of pollution.
BMW says about 4 percent of last year’s U.S. sales were diesel models.
Mercedes-Benz Diesels Still Delayed
Meanwhile, Daimler AG 2017 diesels are still delayed and there is no timetable for just how long. The EPA won’t elaborate on what’s holding things up, but says discussions with Mercedes-Benz continue.
Back in April, Daimler disclosed the U.S. Justice Department had asked it to look into its vehicle emissions certification process. Then in July, Daimler said the EPA and the California Air Resources Board were also looking into it.
The delays mean the Mercedes diesel C-Class sedan won’t be released until sometime in 2017. The C300d was slated to go on sale in early 2016. We won’t see the GLC compact crossover diesel until sometime in 2017 as well.