Volkswagen and Mercedes will replace diesel engines on older models at their own expenseNovember 11, 2018
In Europe, they continue to get rid of old diesel cars, and one such step is to ban the use of old engines on heavy fuel in several German cities, including Cologne and Bonn.
Such tough measures force manufacturers to make concessions to car owners, and Volkswagen along with Daimler concern, which also includes Mercedes-Benz, agreed to pay for the replacement of old engines with newer ones on their already sold models, or to modernize them to modern environmental requirements. It is about the sum of the order of 3,000 euros per car.
At the same time, their rival BMW refuses to do the same, but the Bavarians agree to stimulate their customers by about the same amount to replace cars, including the trade-in program.
These solutions are aimed at convincing customers to buy new and cleaner vehicles with lower emissions, so as not to depend on driving bans in certain cities in Germany, which are becoming more and more.
For example, a corresponding ban on the use of old diesel cars in some parts of the city will take effect in Cologne in April 2019. According to German Environment Minister Ursula Heinen-Esser, this decision could lead to a breakdown in the city’s transportation infrastructure and will have a significant impact on residents and the whole of Cologne.