BMW’s diesel models have received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for sale in the U.S.
Last month, AutoGuide.com confirmed that 2017 model year BMW diesel models were delayed due to extra scrutiny from federal regulators as a result of Volkswagen’s diesel scandal. But now, the EPA has approved the sale of BMW’s diesel models in the U.S. and has granted certification to the German automaker. According to Chris Grundler, head of the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, the agency “tested the vehicles every which way from Sunday,” to ensure all of them meet emissions requirements. “We asked for more data from the company,” Grundler added.
Mercedes-Benz’s diesel models, on the other hand, have not been approved for sale with Grundler only saying that “discussions continue,” and declined to elaborate as to why there is a delay. Troubled Volkswagen has still not received approval to sell 2016 model year diesel vehicles in the U.S. and the company has not asked the EPA for permission to sell 2017 diesel models.
Last year, diesel models made up about four percent of BMW’s overall sales.
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