Originally Posted by rothskeller
So, we've all read that the 2019 Sprinter will have an available gas engine. The information available so far says that it's only an option in the US and Canada, not in Europe. But Europe is where anti-diesel sentiment is strongest, and growing. Does anyone have a guess why Daimler wouldn't be offering the same gas engine there? I don't understand it.
Keep in mind the European 'ban' on diesels is actually just a court ruling allowing individual cities or regions to regulate entry of older (Euro1-Euro5) diesel vehicles in certain times or places. Newer Euro 6 diesels, similar to US EPA 2010 standards, would still be allowed.
There has been some discussion of future stricter standards in some core city areas. But those would likely impact all internal combustion engines so gas, unless used in a shutdown hybrid mode, wouldn't help.
For EU owners of older diesel vehicles the biggest likely impact would be a precipitous drop in resale value, which would probably be dumped onto eastern European markets without such strict regulations.