Mercedes BlueTec Models Take a Bump with a New Lawsuit

Giancarlo Perlas April 9, 2016

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In February, Mercedes-Benz was dragged into a class action suit filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. In the suit filed by Texas law firm Hagens Berman, it was alleged that the three-pointed star brand used a cheat device to manipulate the emission figures of its BlueTec diesel models.

The emission issue pointed out by the lawsuit was similar to the controversy that Volkswagen got itself into last year, which led to the resignation of its former CEO Martin Winterkorn.

According to Autoblog, Hagens Berman claimed that they tested the BlueTec vehicles of Mercedes at highway speeds. Then they found out that it consistently failed to meet emission standards.

The law firm cited instances also during low temperature testings wherein the outputs they derived from the BlueTec models of Mercedes were 8.1 to 19.7 times higher than the highway emission standard. Thus, they strongly opposed the advertising of the company as having “the world’s cleanest and most advanced diesel.”

As a result of the class suit, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asked Mercedes for more information regarding the matter. The source said EPA is yet to launch an official probe about the issue.

Late last year, Mercedes already commented about the emission controversy it was facing, which coincided with the same issues encountered by Volkswagen. The luxury car maker straight out denied the allegations, and stated that they have been faithfully complying to all the environmental requirements mandated by law.

Mercedes maintained its position when news of the lawsuit from Hagens Berman broke out. However, it declined to comment further on the ongoing proceedings.

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Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo Perlas is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations, particularly in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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