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German Automakers and Government Officials Reach Accord on Emissions Software

25 July 2017

The German automobile manufacturers Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, BMW and Daimler have formed a cartel since the 1990s, working together, in particular on the reduction of polluting emissions of diesel cars, said Friday the German magazine Der Spiegel.

The German auto-makers have more stuff to worry about now, with reports suggesting that they are under investigation for having colluded as part of one of the biggest cartels in history.

BMW said it saw no need for a voluntary recall ahead of the August diesel summit.

In a strongly worded statement, the Bavarian manufacturer of brands such as BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce said: "The BMW Group categorically rejects accusations that Euro 6 diesel vehicles sold by the company do not provide adequate exhaust gas treatment due to AdBlue tanks that are too small".

The commissioner said she had written to VW group chief executive Matthias Müller on June 19th requesting information about progress on the recall campaign but had yet to receive a response. Vehicles from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles allegedly also have defeat devices in their cars.

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After it was announced that German automakers were recalling millions of cars to improve emissions, allegations of price-fixing have now been thrown into the mix. Large tanks, it said, would have been more expensive and the carmakers agreed on small tanks.

Luxury vehicle maker Audi, a division of Volkswagen said it would update engine software on up to 850,000 diesel-engined cars.

The commission said that it and the German Cartel Office "have received information on this matter, which is now being assessed by the commission". With a combination of the SCR technology and NOx-storage catalytic converters, these diesel cars "fulfil all legal emissions requirements and also achieve a very good real-life emissions performance". On the public road, these cars were emitting far more nitrogen oxide than the law allows.

Diesels came under increased scrutiny after Volkswagen admitted to using illegal software that in the US detected when vehicles were on test stands and turned emission controls on so that the cars passed the emissions test.

"We have therefore decided on additional measures to reassure drivers of diesel cars and to strengthen confidence in diesel technology", he said. Daimler meanwhile voluntarily recalled some 3 million Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Europe earlier this month to fix excess emissions from its Diesel engines.

German Automakers and Government Officials Reach Accord on Emissions Software