Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the petrol engines powering its A- and B-Class already meet the required emission limits as set by EURO 6, two years before the standard comes into effect on September 1, 2014. As a matter of fact, Mercedes engines have already undercut the particulate limits being introduced for the first time for petrol engines. Mercedes also offers to recode models that have already been delivered to buyers. The direct-injection petrol engines in the A 180, A 200 and A 250, and their corresponding models in the B-Class were able to undercut the emission limits thanks especially to advanced Mercedes-Benz technology.
The technology also enabled direct-injection petrol engines to undercut the strict particle number limit of 6 x 1011 per km, which would only become compulsory in 2017 on the second stage of EURO 6. The conformity for vehicles produced from August 2012, or September 2012 for the B-Class will be documented in the Certificate of Conformity (COC). Vehicles built earlier than the said months could also be appropriately recoded. Mercedes customers will be contacted so they could get a new COC document along with manufacturer confirmation from their Mercedes-Benz service partner.
The European Commission published Directive 459/2012 on May 29, 2012, instituting the EURO 6 emission regulations for vehicles with petrol engines from January 1, 2014, for Stage 1, and from January 1, 2017, for Stage 2. According to the new specification, petrol models have to meet the strict particulate limits of 6 x 1011 particles per kilometre in the future.