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Mercedes-Benz E Class (Photo: Daimler AG - Global Communicatio)

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In the future, the Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTec will be called the GLC250 h. (Photo: Mercedes-Benz)

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2012 S350 BlueTEC - Mercedes-Benz has brought back the diesel version of its big, S-class sedan; first S diesel in the U.S. since the 1996 model. Called the S350 Bluetec and introduced last fall as a 2012 model, it comes with all-wheel drive (4Matic) standard. Its five-figure, rather than six-figure, window sticker puts it near the bottom of the S-class price list ? starting at $93,425 including shipping. Only cheaper S is the S400 hybrid, $92,725. Handout image from Mercedes-Benz [Via MerlinFTP Drop] (Photo: Mercedes-Benz)

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Midsize premium car: Mercedes-Benz E-Class (Photo: Mercedes-Benz, Wieck)

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich sued Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday for as much as $50 million for allegedly defrauding drivers by falsely marketing cars as "clean diesel."

The lawsuit alleges the cars were fitted with a shut-off device that made it appear they emitted lower levels of pollution during government tests. In actuality, the Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC vehicles had higher emissions during everyday use, the lawsuit said.

The accusations are reminiscent of the Volkswagen diesel scandal, one of the biggest in automotive history, which netted Arizona a $40 million settlement last year. Volkswagen customers in Arizona received payments up to $10,000 each, as well as repairs and vehicle buy backs.

 

The lawsuit, which also names parent company Daimler AG, alleges Mercedes-Benz deceived customers by falsely claiming the vehicles were the most environmentally-conscious diesel option in the world.

If Arizona consumers had known of the higher emissions, they may not have purchased or leased the vehicles, the lawsuit said.

The attorney general is seeking up to $10,000 in penalties per driver. An estimated 5,000 drivers or more were affected.

The diesel-powered vehicles in the lawsuit manufactured between 2007 and 2016 are:

  • E Class
  • E320
  • GL Class
  • GLE Class
  • GLK Class
  • GL 320
  • S350
  • R320
  • ML Class
  • ML 320
  • ML 350
  • R Class
  • S Class
  • Sprinter 

Mercedes-Benz spokesman Han Tjan said, "We believe that these claims are without merit, and we intend to vigorously defend against them."

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Source : https://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/consumers/2019/01/10/attorney-general-sues-mercedes-benz-50-million-over-diesel-scam/2525038002/

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