August 2, 2017 / 4:34 PM / a year ago

Daimler - measures will reduce emissions of over 3 million cars in Europe

BERLIN (Reuters) - Software changes agreed at a meeting on Wednesday will reduce the nitrogen oxide emissions of 3 million Mercedes-Benz cars in Europe, including about 1 million cars in Germany, Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche said in a statement.

FILE PHOTO: The Mercedes star logo of an E Coupe is pictured before the annual news conference of Daimler AG in Stuttgart, Germany, February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle/File Photo

He said the measures would reduce the emissions of the cars by an average of 25 to 30 percent.

“We intend to improve diesel cars instead of banning them,” Zetsche said. “As long as electric cars only have a small market share, the optimisation of diesel engines is one of the most effective tools to achieve climate goals for reducing carbon dioxide in traffic,” he said.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Maria Sheahan

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