BMW Denies Colluding With Rivals On Inadequate Emissions Equipment

During these encounters, the German vehicle makers are said to have swapped vital information on methods to circumnavigate test procedures for Carbon dioxide and particulate emissions as well as SCR (selective catalytic reduction) thermo switching, among other manipulations. Furthermore, BMW Group diesel vehicles have a simple refill solution through the tank lid or engine hood, depending on the model.

"As a matter of principle: BMW Group (bmwyy) vehicles are not manipulated and comply with respective legal requirements", the company said in the statement.

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Daimler AG's board and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, admitted in a statement last week that the public debate about diesel engines was "creating uncertainty - especially for our customers".

German auto stocks took a hit in early Monday trading, weighed down by uncertainty over possible antitrust fines after European regulators said they were investigating allegations that carmakers were operating a cartel.

German vehicle manufacturers have been reeling since Volkswagen admitted to exploiting loopholes in European Union regulations to cheat diesel emissions tests in 2015, meaning millions of diesel cars pumped much more nitrogen oxides into the air than the manufacturer claimed.

Volkswagen declined to comment.

The numbers aren't as great for Audi, but there will be around 850,000 cars recalled in Europe for the Audi "fix", including cars from Porsche and VW using the same engines.

The retrofit programme applies to six-cylinder and eight-cylinder V6 and V8 diesel engines sold in Europe and other markets outside of the US.

The response comes after German magazine Der Spiegel reported that the world's second, third, and fourth largest automakers - Volkswagen (vlkay), Daimler (ddaif), and BMW - had been meeting secretly since the 1990s to coordinate everything from their technology and costs, to emissions controls. The German government has summoned local officials and auto executives to a "diesel summit" August 2 to both find ways to reduce emissions and ensure that diesel technology has a future. Diesel engines, however, have higher nitrogen oxide emission which harms human health and sulfur which harms the environment.

Mercedes-Benz Korea's decision came in line with Daimler's previous call to provide "voluntary service actions" for 3 million vehicles in Europe, nearly all Euro 5 and Euro 6 diesel vehicles.

  • Wendy Palmer