Strict Diesel Tests Make Automakers Re-Evaluate Their US Portfolios

The EPA’s new, much-stricter emissions tests for diesel vehicles in the United States has crippled the market, causing some automakers to ditch plans to introduce new diesel vehicles entirely.

Automotive News reports that for the 2017 model year, Jaguar is currently the only brand in the U.S. selling light diesel-powered vehicles, compared to the nine brands of the 2016 model year.

After dieselgate, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche have all exited the local diesel market and may never return. Another brand affected is Mercedes-Benz, with the German company confirming that it will scale back its introduction of new diesels in the U.S.

According to company spokesman Robert Moran, the diesel V6 of the GLS350d is undergoing EPA certification but may no longer be joined by diesel versions of the 2017 GLE or GLC.

“Numerous authorities are currently testing diesel engine vehicles for compliance with emission standards. Of course, this process has a considerable impact on new diesel certification projects both in terms of effort and duration,” Moran said.

Moran also confirmed that Mercedes-Benz has scrapped its plans to offer the diesel C-Class in the U.S. due to “product strategy reasons”.

Although Jaguar is the only company in the market at the moment, others are coming. BMW, for example, will launch diesel versions of the 3-Series, X3 and X5 in the coming months. Additionally, General Motors will soon release diesel Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon models and next year, the Cruze diesel.

PHOTO GALLERY

2020 Genesis G90 Vs. 2019 Mercedes S-Class: Underdog Takes On Top Dog

The 2020 G90 is fantastic value for money, but is it good enough to take on the luxury segment’s benchmark?.

Here’s a Close Look At The ID.3, Volkswagen’s Most Important New Car In Many Decades

The all-new compact electric hatchback is available in three different battery and electric motor configurations.

Mercedes SL 73 AMG: Rarer Than A Pagani Zonda And The Coolest R129 Of Them All

If you like 1990s AMGs, this SL 73 is the pick of the decade, packing a healthy 525 HP and being made in no more than 50 examples .

What Is BMW Testing With This M8 Prototype At The Nurburgring?

One possibility is that it’s an even more hardcore variant of the Competition, and another that the rear wing is going to be offered as an M Performance part.

Bugatti CEO Reveals More Track-Focused Chiron Variants Are Coming

Now that it has made a point about its hypercar’s top speed with the 300+, Bugatti will turn its attention to other aspects like power-to-weight ratio and ultimate handling.

Check Out This Frosted Glass Blue Audi R8 Coupe With A Dual-Tone Interior

Adding an Audi Exclusive color to your R8 V10 Coupe will cost you nearly $4k in the States for a matte finish – otherwise, you’re looking at close to $7k.

Ford Sells Its Canvas Vehicle Subscription Service To Fair

Canvas only served a reported 3,800 customers, while Fair’s app-based subscription program has been downloaded more than 3.2 million times.

Ferrari Shall Keep Production Below Demand To Safeguard Its Status

Ferrari say they will always deliver one car less than the market demands in order to maintain their models’ desirability .

Australia’s Jeep Grand Cherokee Upland Edition Is Limited To 44 Units

Jeep’s latest limited-run Grand Cherokee is already available at dealerships Down Under, with prices starting at AUD $61,450.

‘Regular’ Bugatti Chiron Shows Super Sport 300+ It’s Still Real Fast

Watch as this Bugatti Chiron sprints to 226 mph in just one mile.