Speaking about Mercedes' United States lineup, Schumacher said that the German automaker has enough small models in the North American market, but a four-cylinder diesel engine would be a great addition to the local Mercedes range.
“I wouldn't want to go any smaller than what we have now. I would like to see a smaller diesel engine, similar to the four-cylinder diesel engine which they have in the C class in Germany. That is a car whose time has come. We need it in the GLK. We already have diesels in the M and GL class, and it is time to bring diesels into the lower class,” he said in an interview for Autonews.
In addition, Schumacher insisted that a small-displacement diesel unit that could push combined fuel consumption near 35 or 40 mpg could boost Mercedes' sales in North America. At this time, twenty-two percent of the sales his dealership recorded were represented by diesel vehicles and even bigger sales are expected for the next few years.
“In the West, people do a lot of driving. We have been cultivating our diesel sales. I personally drive a diesel to my house in Colorado. I fill it here and it is 480 miles to Durango, Colorado. When I get there, I still have diesel in the tank. It is a great car.”