Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel

Sulfur in diesel fuel.

Mercedes-Benz diesel engines meet the highest standards in terms of performance, reliability and environmental compatibility.


To ensure these, compliance with the national emission standards when operating the engines is a top priority. For this reason, Mercedes-Benz designs its diesel engines pursuant to the European Standard (EN) 590. This fuel standard, which has been mandatory in the EU since 1 January 2009, defines a maximum limit of 10 mg/kg sulfur in diesel fuel. However, the fuel quality as per EN 590 is not available all over the world. A higher sulfur content can significantly impair the performance of Euro V and Euro VI engines. The sulfur contents of common diesel fuels worldwide are classified in the table below for the particular countries.

If you operate your vehicle in countries outside the EU with an elevated sulfur content, we kindly ask you to carefully read
and observe the information below:

Please note! Mercedes-Benz diesel engines are designed for diesel fuels pursuant to EN 590. Other types of fuel may irreversibly damage the engine and the emission control system, and significantly shorten their expected service life. Our urgent recommendation therefore is to fill up with low-sulphur fuel! Should you be unable to find low-sulphur fuel, we offer you the technical conversion packages below. Please note that compliance with the specifically applicable national emissions standards is mandatory during vehicle operation, even after the conversion.


When this Specification for Operating Fluids was drawn up, we were aware of the following sulfur content, please abstract latest information from the Daimler Specifications for Operating Fluids

Diesel fuel sulfur content mg/kg <10 <50 <500 >500
Europe + CIS Albania
Moldavia
Ukraine
Georgia
Armenia
Belgium
Montenegro
  Kazakhstan
Aserbaijan
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Netherlands
  Uzbekistan
Kyrgyzstan
Bulgaria
Norway
    Tajikistan
Denmark
Austria
    Russia
Germany Poland
    Turkmenistan
Estonia
Portugal      
Finland
Romania      
France
Russia      
Greece
Sweden      
Great Britain
Switzerland      
Ireland
Serbia      
Iceland
Slovak Republic      
Italy
Slovenia      
Croatia
Spain      
Latvia
Czech Republic      
Lithuania Turkey      
Luxembourg
Hungary
     
Malta
Belarus      
Macedonia
Cyprus      
Australia + Oceania Australia New Zealand   Fiji  
New Caledonia     Papua New Guinea  
Asia China
South Korea
China
Brunei
Sri Lanka
Hongkong
Taiwan
India
India  
Japan
  Sri Lanka
Malaysia  
Macao
  Thailand
Philippines  
Singapore
    Vietnam  
Africa     Morocco
Kenya
Algeria
    Mauritius
Madagascar
Gabon
    South Africa
Malawi
Libya
    Tunesia
Mozambique
Tunesia
      Zimbabwe  
      South Africa  
      Tanzania  
Middle East Israel     Bahrain Jordan
Palestine     Lebanon  
      Oman  
      Qatar  
      Saudi Arabia  
      United Arab Emirates  
North America
Canada USA      
Latin America Argentina
  Dominican Rebublic
Brazil
Argentina
Brazil
  Colombia
Costa Rica
Bolivia
Chile
  Uruguay
Ecuador
Honduras
Mexico
    Guatemala
Trinidad and Tobago
      Mexico  
      Panama  
      Paraguay  
      Peru  

 

The specified country-specific sulfur bandwidths only apply for the point in time when they were determined between winter 2013/2014 and winter 2015/2016. It must be assumed that there will be a reduction in sulfur content in the future, not an increase. Countries with multiple classifications offer fuel grades with various sulfur content at the same time.


Should you operate your Mercedes-Benz engine in a country in which no fuel with the norm EN 590 is available, Mercedes-Benz is offering you conversion packages for the engine OM 471:

Please note! After the conversion the vehicle no longer complies with the EURO 5/6 emission standards in effect in Europe and other countries. Operations on public roads are therefore prohibited in general. Please enquire at the particular relevant traffic authorities about potential exceptions. The responsibility for reporting the modified emissions classification to the particular relevant traffic authorities lies with the vehicle owner/keeper. In addition, the conversion results in technical limitations of the vehicle (reduced performance, increased fuel consumption, restricted diagnostics capabilities and shorter maintenance intervals), which are listed in complete form on page 6 of this product information.