BMW Denies Collusion with Other Automakers on Diesel Emissions

By Christian Stampfer on 23 July 2017
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DSC_0181MUNICH—BMW went on record about its diesel-powered cars Sunday after a media report stated that German automakers had illegally colluded to rig their vehicles to pass emissions tests.

“BMW Group vehicles are not manipulated and comply with respective legal requirements,” the Bavarian manufacturer said in a statement.

“This of course also applies to diesel automobiles,” BMW said, adding it was “confirmed by the relevant results from tests by national and international authorities.”

The announcement followed a report in Der Spiegel magazine on Friday that stated that German automakers including Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, and Volkswagen had colluded to avoid complying fully with emissions requirements in various markets since the 1990s.

According to the report, the companies had agreed to install only small tanks for the AdBlue treatment solution because larger tanks would have been more costly.

BMW categorically rejected the accusations, saying “Technology employed by the BMW Group is clearly differentiated from other systems in the market.”

In 2015, Wolfsburg-based Volkswagen admitted it had installed defeat devices on hundreds of thousands of cars in order for them to pass emissions tests. The automaker now faces tens of billions of dollars in fines and compensation to owners. Last week, Mercedes-Benz said it would spend €220 million ($255 million) to update the emissions systems over three million Mercedes-Benz diesels in Europe whose emissions systems were non-compliant.

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