Sep 18, 2018

BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen face EU emissions probe

German carmakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen are to face an EU inquiry for allegedly conspiring to restrict diesel emissions treatment systems. The European Commission said it was investigating whether they agreed to limit the development of systems to reduce harmful emissions. The Commission said its in-depth investigation was intended to assess whether the carmakers colluded, in breach of EU anti-trust rules, to avoid competing on technology to clean up petrol and diesel car emissions. Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to using "Defeat device" software in the US to cheat diesel engine emissions tests, plunging the company into scandal. Emissions irregularities have surfaced at several major carmakers, although none were found to be as serious as at Volkswagen.

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