BMW Denies Collusion Allegations, Says It Didn't Cheat Emissions Standards

BMW Denies Collusion Allegations, Says It Didn't Cheat Emissions Standards”

The German auto giant, which is part of the scandal-hit Volkswagen group, said the move will "counteract possible bans on vehicles with diesel engines".

Vehicle emissions have come under closer scrutiny worldwide since Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 to installing illegal software to cheat USA emissions tests on diesel cars.

The news comes nearly two years after Volkswagen Group, which owns the VW, Audi and Porsche brands, among others, was found to have cheated diesel emissions tests.

Volkswagen, facing tens of billions of dollars in compensation and fines after admitting to manipulating diesel emissions in 2015, reported the cartel to German competition authorities in a letter seen by the weekly, as did Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler.

Mercedes has struggled to shake off allegations that it also tampered with emissions standards, an accusation the company has routinely rebuffed and said last week it would legally contest.

The scandal comes as automakers wrestle with an unprecedented technology shift in the industry, with electronic cars made by Tesla or Toyota finding more buyers and German manufacturers trying to catch up with the battery-powered vehicle trend. Vehicles from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles allegedly also have defeat devices in their cars. AdBlue is a urea based liquid that helps in filtering nitrogen oxides (NOx) from diesel emissions.

Dieter Zetsche, CEO of the German car maker Daimler AG, Harald Krueger, CEO of the German car maker BMW and Matthias Mueller, CEO of German car maker Volkswagen AG, shake hands after a talk at the so-called Auto-Gipfel - automotive meeting - in Munich, southern Germany, on November 9, 2016.

Audi said it would upgrade engine software on 850,000 diesel-engine cars it's sold in that market.

German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Friday that Volkswagen, BMW, Audi, Porsche may have colluded to fix the prices of diesel emissions treatment systems using industry committees.

Volkswagen has admitted using the illegal software in 11 million vehicles worldwide.

Major vehicle manufacturers are working with the German government on a "diesel rescue plan" to prevent widespread bans being implemented on diesel cars, according to Automotive News.

In a move to woo customers, German carmaker giant Audi is offering free software upgrade for its diesel cars to improve emissions.

Some will say that there is no smoke without fire but for now, Is actually not concerned / investigated.

Daimler has announced a voluntary recall of more than three million Mercedes-Benz diesel cars and vans across Europe for a software update created to reduce NOx pollution.

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