Jul 8, 2021

German carmakers fined over emissions 'cartel'

The companies had agreed not to implement more than basic EU standards, the Commission said. The Commission said BMW, Daimler and three VW group brands - Audi, Porsche, and VW - had "Illegally colluded to restrict competition" in diesel emissions cleaning. While the carmakers knew that injecting more AdBlue into streams of exhaust gas could lead to more effective cleaning, they indicated to each other that none of them would aim above the minimum legal standards, the Commission said. VW said the Commission was "Imposing fines even though the contents of the talks were never implemented and customers were therefore never harmed." BMW said the Commission had cleared it of suspicion of using illegal "Defeat devices" to cheat emissions tests.

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