Mercedes-Benz Thinks of Possibilities for Fuel Economy and Emission Bands
Mercedes-Benz boss Dieter Zetsche says the company is thinking heavily about presenting fuel economy and emission bands that create a more deliberate representation of the real-world figures drivers will achieve depending on various driving styles.
Prior the A-Class’ unveiling, Zetsche highlighted the advantages of having new emissions test cycles, Real Driving Emissions (RDE), and Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP); all of which are being ended in this year, but he said there were talks within Mercedes concerning how else the brand can help consumers with their purchase.
“The new regulations significantly address the issues of the old ones,” Zetsche mentioned. “Under the old system, the focus was on CO2 and the tolerances for other pollutants were high. WLTP enforces a much smaller window of tolerance and tests across a much wider and more realistic range.”
“But we can still see that the range is not the entirety - it does not take things like driving style into account. As a result, internally we are looking into the possibility of offering bands, for instance, that do give more realistic information on how driving style will affect your economy and emissions,” Zetsche added.
As for the issue involving diesel fume testing on monkeys, Zetsche refused to be drawn further in, declining to give his two cents on that or if he is holding Volkswagen accountable for the current pressure the automobile industry is under. “There is nothing I can say that can help,” he mentioned.