Diesel. Bit of a sore point at the moment, what with the repercussions of that-which-shall-not-be-named still reverberating. It’s probably unwise then, to announce you’ve just spent enough money to launch your own space programme on a diesel engine that’ll power pretty much every car you build.
Mercedes disagrees. Which is just as well, as we’ve had a poke around its engine test plant in Stuttgart, to see where some of the €2.6 billion spent on its new diesel engine has been splashed.
Yes, we are fully aware that a new diesel engine doesn’t sound all that exciting, but you are going to be hearing an awful lot about it for at least the next decade. The humble, snappily titled ‘OM564’ engine is the new backbone of Mercedes. From A-class to S-class, from GLA to GLS, it’ll be everywhere.