To coincide with the conversion of up to 76,000 U.S. filling stations to clean diesel fuel with a sulphur content below 15 ppm, Mercedes Benz is commencing sales of the E 320 BLUETEC in the USA and Canada.
Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel (ULSD) allows the use of trail-blazing BLUETEC technology, making the E 320 BLUETEC the world’s cleanest diesel car. BLUETEC is a modular emissions control system that reduces nitrogen oxide levels. The E 320 BLUETEC is the first diesel vehicle worldwide able to better the American BIN 8 exhaust emissions standard.
The E 320 BLUETEC will be available for sale in the U.S. and Canada, uses up to 30 percent less fuel than comparable gasoline-engine vehicles in North America and has an operating range of over 745 miles on one full tank.
The latest J.D. Power study "Global Outlook For Diesel" forecasts that diesels will account for more than 15 percent of new registrations in North America by 2015. In the light of this, Mercedes-Benz intends to offer three further BLUETEC models in the R, ML and GL-Class—meeting the even more stringent BIN 5 standard—in all 50 U.S. states as early as 2008.
A total of 33,000 Mercedes-Benz trucks and buses from the brands Mercedes-Benz and Setra have already been sold with BLUETEC.