France – Mercedes A, B, CLA, SL Class banned from sale

Posted on: Aug 6, 2013 - 12:43pm IST

France has banned the sale of the Mercedes A, B, CLA and SL Class models. This is what you need to know about the on going battle between France and Daimler –

Mercedes A Class A180 engine
Refrigerant R134a is to be blamed.

1. The EU (European Union) regulated saying that the R134a refrigerant used in car air-conditioning systems is a global warming gas and 1,400 times more potent than CO2.

2. Car makers were asked to upgrade to less environmentally harmful refrigerants.

3. Mercedes say that the newly developed alternative refrigerant (by DuPont and Honeywell) is toxic and flammable.

Mercedes CLA Class rear three quarter angle NAIAS 2013
Merc say that most vehicles already use the R134a, so why not extend the deadline until 2017?

4. Mercedes asks the German government to grant an extension to the R134a refrigerant usage until 2017. German regulators agree.

5. France fails to recognize this extension given by Germany. It announced a ban on various Mercedes models that usually account for 50% of the car maker’s sales in that country.

6. Mercedes drags France to court. Administrative judges order France to lift the ban. France refuses to do so.

7. The European Commission is now looking into this matter and should come out with their announcement by September.

From Maruti’s to Mercedes’, most of the cars that are on sale in India use R134a.

This comes at a time when new car sales throughout Europe is declining for the fifth consecutive year. It is also being reported that this on going battle could cost 15,000 jobs and Mercedes dealerships in France have seen a huge slide in footfalls.

Meanwhile in India, most cars on sale use the R134a refrigerant.

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3 thoughts on “France – Mercedes A, B, CLA, SL Class banned from sale

  1. Sujit says:

    Thanks Sandy.
    This was very informative & useful.

  2. Sanchita says:

    Hi Anjan,

    Please mail me a contact number on which I can reach you. This is with regards to your story.


  3. sandy says:

    Thanks Anjan for this news, it has created a path to an awareness about a/c. I’ve copy pasted some paragraph from : as follows:
    “There are three viable technical options to replace HFC-134a in automobiles: HFO-1234yf, HFC-152a, and CO2 (see Table 4). (Hydrocarbons have good cooling performance but are
    considered by automobile manufacturers to be too flammable for safe use in cars.) HFO-1234yf is a “near drop-in” replacement requiring minor equipment modifications and using off-the-shelf components or easily fabricated components. Some stakeholders point out that the current price of HFO-1234yf is about five times more than HFC-134a, as a result of the more complex chemistry involved in its production and application patents on HFO-1234yf. As a result, the total cost of an HFO-1234yf system (equipment modifications and refrigerant) will be more than an HFC-134a system and assuming the system needs service as frequently as HFC-134a systems, the lifetime ownership cost will also be more. However, if automakers implement available technology to avoid leakage, the ownership cost will be comparable to current systems. In addition, if automakers implement available technology to increase air conditioning energy efficiency, the ownership cost will be lower than current HFC-134a systems.

    Vehicles designed for CO2 require entirely different components designed for substantially
    higher operating pressures. While CO2 refrigerant is much less expensive than HFC-134a, the cost of the components is significantly higher. HFC-152a refrigerant is also less expensive than HFC-134a, but vehicles designed for HFC-152a involve the additional expense of a secondary
    cooling loop to keep the flammable refrigerant from entering the passenger compartment.

    Nearly all vehicle manufacturers in China, Europe, India, Japan, and North America have chosen HFO-1234yf as the next-generation refrigerant and the first vehicles with this new refrigerant from European and North American automakers have entered the market. Significant issues remain, however, for Indian companies.”


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