Dieselgate now includes All Mercedes BlueTech engines.

And so we thought Volkswagen’s #Dieselgate emissions scandal was the worst of it. It’s now been exposed that all of Mercedes Benz Bluetech Diesel engines are up to 65 times dirtier at the tailpipe then Mercedes-Benz claimed. Now listen, Volkswagen’s Diesel sales in the United States are nothing compared to the amount of Mercedes Diesel sales. Everywhere you look, especially in major metropolitan cities there is a Mercedes Sprinter cargo van for businesses. These vehicles only come equipped with Bluetech Diesels. And of course most of their passenger cars and utility vehicles sold in the US have variations of their blue tech Diesel engines, either as a 2.1 liter 4 cylinders or 3.0 liter V6’s. And lastly, more than half of the B, B+ and C class motorhomes in the USA are built on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Diesel chassis. If the Volkswagen scandal didn’t ruin diesel’s future in America, having the world’s most notorious luxury brand’s Diesel scandal will do it. I’ll be the first to say it – this shouldn’t be called #DieselGate, as it stands now, it should be called #DieselEnginesAreDirtierByNature. Period. 

This sucks for us diesel enthusiasts. But it sucks even more for the environment and the unfathomable amount of pollutants that have been spewing and put into our atmosphere in the last 7+ years. And still doing so. And the biggest suck of all- The tens of millions of people that have been innocently and unknowingly breathing in these pollutants against their will.
I am a second time Volkswagen Diesel owner, as you know, currently driving a #DieselGate vehicle. I’m also a tree-hugger. #ImagineHowIFeel
Looks like I’m going to have to consider parking my #DieselGate vehicle for good (I have kept it parked more than 90% of the time, taking my bicycle or using #Lyft as much as possible since this whole thing began) and spend more of my hard-earned cash on a motorcycle or a clean car.


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  • Anonymous

    February 20, 2016

    Jesus. Diesels are done in the US after all this.

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  • Anonymous

    February 20, 2016

    This is why Hillary Clinton should be in office. She would have these companies by all of these vehicles back even if it meant putting them in bankruptcy. These cars are polluting our planet at no fault of their owners who are unaware of the time that they brought these cars. It's a shame. Our government should have stepped in last September when this all came to light I guarantee if Hillary Clinton gets voted and she will take care of this.

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  • VocalVirgo

    February 22, 2016

    I am politically challenged, so I don't know if a particular president can change things. What I do know however, is that Volkswagen is taking way too long to come up with a fix and meanwhile the owners/drivers of these TDI's that they bought because they thought they were clean, or actually dirtying up our environment. I am one of those drivers. But since September's announcement, I have barely driven my car on purpose. I'm a tree hugger and it hurts my soul every time I have to take the car to get somewhere. I think my personal contribution, at least until the situation is rectified, is to buy a small, cheap and efficient motorcycle and use that as my daily driver. It'll be money out of my pocket to help correct damage that Volkswagen is causing every time I were to drive my car. I don't know what else to do. I've been taking #Lyft a lot since September, but that's money I could be thrown into a new motorcycle.

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  • VocalVirgo

    February 22, 2016

    Not likely. Even though 18 wheelers are much much more efficient and cleaner than they used to be, we still depend on them and their incredible torque numbers to get our goods and foods from port to store. And anyone in the United States can buy a diesel heavy duty pick up truck that has much more lenient CARB & EPA requirements. That part I will never understand – if you drive a 6.2 L Chevy big block, it has to meet CARB and EPA standards. But if you choose to buy that same truck with a diesel power train, it's not required to meet the same standards. And honestly, even as a diesel lover, I think they should have to meet the same standards. If passenger cars with diesel engines have to meet those standards, why shouldn't heavy duty pick up trucks?

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