Daimler recalls millions of diesel cars over harmful emissions – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The recall will have an impact on hundreds of thousands of Daimler vehicles, including the popular C-class and E-class Mercedes-Benz, sold in Britain.

In 2015 alone 145,254 Mercedes-Benz cars were sold in the UK, up from 124,419 the previous year – the vast majority of them diesel engines.

Dieter Zetsche, Daimler’s chief executive officer, said on Tuesday: “The public debate about diesel engines is creating uncertainty. We have therefore decided on additional measures to reassure drivers of diesel cars and to strengthen confidence in diesel technology.”

But the company says this does not spell the end of its production of diesel engine cars and vans.

Mr Zetsche added: “We are convinced that diesel engines will continue to be a fixed element of the drive-system mix, not least due to their low CO2 emissions,”

Daimler customers in the UK – along those in Europe – will shortly begin receiving letters from the firm inviting them to book their vehicles into an approved dealership in order for the work to be carried out. It will take around an hour and will be free of charge.

Daimler has been offering a similar voluntary recall on compact diesel cars and V-Class vans since March.

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