Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Sales of Mercedes A, B, CLA, SL Class banned in France

France had banned the sales of Mercedes Benz A, B, CLA and SL class in June 2013 due to the use of R134a coolant used in air conditioning. R134a is 1,400 times more potent than CO2.

The ban was imposed in mid June 2013. Head of the French Association of Mercedes Benz Dealers said that this is this very coolant that is in use in 95% of cars (with air condition) in France, but only Mercedes Benz is being targeted. Mercedes also said that ban came at a worst time when the market is not performing and sales are at its bottom in Europe.

Mercedes Benz dragged the battle to court, and even managed to win the case, but even then, the cars are banned as French environment ministry has refused to follow court orders. About 2700 people are awaiting registration of their new Mercedes Benz car, as their government refuses to do so.

Stay tuned for more updates on the same.


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