Date registered: Jul 2006
Vehicle: 2008 C230 4MATIC; 2008 ML320 CDI 4MATIC
Location: Toronto, Canada
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since each engine/transmission combination for a given model must be tested for compliance with emissions and for EPA mileage testing I'm sure the cost of adding another combination is NOT trivial, if they can't justify the sales it doesn't make economic sense. There may even be additional safety testing needed as well. Then there is the long term support and dealer training. It all adds up.
OK, this makes sense with CGI engines for now (until MB starts bringing them over here). Now going back to diesel/bluetec engines - if applying the same scenario as before to bluetec engines, the only additional expense is the EPA testing for let's say a new w204 with 3.2 bluetec and 7g-tronic. Otherwise, MB already has the car certified for safety in NA, they have the engine certified for use in NA (they use it in E, ML and R classes), and the tranny is being used all over. So no additional tech training required, 1 additional certification for EPA is needed (or several), but they a give an option to their customer to get a bluetec W204. If they are already importing this engine to NA, why not offer it across a wider model range? The bluetec engine makes sense for ML and R due to its economy + power balance. But as far as I am concerned, it makes more sense to offer it on the C-class instead of the E-class, since the E is a more luxurious car. However, historically, MB only imported the E in a diesel form to NA - once again, makes no sense to me.
92% of all people suck at math. I am a part of the 9% who don't.
2008 ML320 CDI 4MATIC (W164) - Silver/Black
2008 C230 4MATIC (W204) - White/Black
2002 E320 (W210) - Silver/Black - Sold due to rust