2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Press Debut

Why the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is Running Late to Dealers

Automakers have to go through various tests and certifications before they can start selling a new model. For the most part, these go without a hitch. But once in awhile, something happens where an automaker has to push back the launch because of some issue.
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That is the case with the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Originally expected to arrive at dealers this month, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler tells Automotive News (Subscription Required) that they are waiting on approvals from the federal government.

“We’re pushing and working very hard with the authorities to get certification. The cars are on U.S. soil. We hope we get certification quickly. The process is a little bit more difficult to predict than it was in the past. But feedback is good, and, hopefully, it will go fast,” said Exler.

A spokesman told Automotive News that the new on-sale target date is for next month.

What's the holdup?

No one is quite sure, but Automotive News believes it could be the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California Air Resources Board (CARB), or both. Their reasoning? Considering how Volkswagen was able to skirt emission tests with their illegal software install on diesel vehicles until they were found out in 2015, regulators are taking their sweet time to certify vehicles to make sure another emission scandal doesn't happen.

Pic Credit: Mercedes-Benz


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