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Mercedes-Benz is pessimistic about the future of U.S. diesels

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The ongoing Volkswagen diesel scandal has put U.S.-market diesel cars on the endangered species list.

Diesels have never been as popular in the United States as they are in Europe, and now that Volkswagen Group brands aren t selling them here, their numbers have dwindled.

VW was arguably the most enthusiastic about diesels in the U.S., but it wasn t the only carmaker selling them here.

Mercedes-Benz offers a handful of diesel models, although slow sales, tougher emissions standards, and increased scrutiny resulting from the Volkswagen scandal have weakened its resolve.

Mercedes may even stop selling diesels in the U.S. entirely, according to Automotive News subscription required .

The automaker is still working on certification for a limited number of 2017 diesel models, Matthias Luehrs, vice president of sales and product management for Mercedes-Benz Cars, said in an interview at last week s 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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