Mercedes-Benz pays U.S. $6.8 million in fuel-efficiency fines

Mercedes-Benz SLS 63 AMG

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mercedes-Benz of North America Inc. has paid a $6.8 million fine for failing to comply with U.S. federal fuel-efficiency requirements. Mercedes-Benz paid the fines for violations dealing with passenger vehicles imported for the 2008 model year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration collected fines from six automakers in 2009 totaling more than $13 million. Many luxury manufacturers consider fuel-efficiency fines as a cost of doing business.

Mercedes paid a $28.9 million fine last year.

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Free Press