German car maker has said that it is voluntarily recalling 3 million Diesel cars across Europe in a bid to cut harmful .

The company, which owns the Mercedes and Smart brands, said that its board of management had approved measures to cut pollution, including €220m (£196m) of investment to update the 3 million Mercedes-Benz diesel engine cars on roads across the region.

“The public debate about diesel engines is creating uncertainty – especially for our customers. We have therefore decided on additional measures to reassure drivers of diesel cars and to strengthen confidence in diesel technology,” said Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of management and head of Mercedes-Benz cars.

“We are convinced that diesel engines will continue to be a fixed element of the drive-system mix, not least due to their low CO2 emissions,” he added. 

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