EPA Approves Sales of 2017 BMW Diesel Vehicles

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it has approved the sale of new 2017 model year BMW AG diesel vehicles in the United States after a thorough review.

Chris Grundler, head of the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, told reporters on the sidelines of an automotive conference the agency granted certification to BMW on Friday.

Grundler said EPA has not yet approved sale of Daimler AG’s 2017 diesel Mercedes-Benz vehicles. “Discussions continue,” Grundler said, declining to elaborate on why EPA has not approved certifications for the Mercedes vehicles.

VW still hasn’t received approval to sell 2016 diesel vehicles in the United States and hasn’t asked the EPA for permission to sell 2017 diesel models, Grundler said.

BMW said about 4 percent of U.S. sales last year were diesel models.

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