Daimler recalls 3 million diesel cars in Europe for emission fix

Daimler recalls 3 million diesel cars in Europe for emission fix

The vast majority of models affected come from Mercedes

Mercedes cars to account for most of affected models; brand says recall is to “strengthen confidence”

Daimler will recall more than 3 million cars in Europe, most of them from Mercedes, to issue a free emissions fix in what it says is a process to “strengthen confidence” in its customers.

The brand, which has recently denied allegations in Germany that it has been cheating emission tests, said it would roll out new software for cars running EU5 and EU6 engines to lower their output of nitrogen oxide.

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It said the process, due to cost about 220 million euros, is being “carried out in close cooperation with the German regulatory authorities” and allows engineers to add newer, more effective technology to the existing engines. The process will begin in the coming weeks and is being issued for free.

The latest emissions fix plan expands a process that has seen the issueing of new software for a quarter of a million compact Mercedes models since March, of which 45% of affected cars have already received the change. The brand has also carried out a voluntary service action for the V-Class van, where 75% of customer vehicles have been worked on.

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Daimler said it will also plans to comment the “rapid” roll out of a new diesel engine family that will be more efficient and cleaner than the current range.

The brand’s diesel technology was called into question last week when German Transport Ministry officials met with Daimler representatives, including head of technology development Ola Kaellenius, to discuss accusations that it has used software to improve the results of its diesel models in emissions tests.

Daimler responded in an official statement, saying “On the basis of our current information, we would fight any claim by the German Transport Safety Authority (KBA) that we installed an illegal emissions control device with all legal means available”.

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Source: Autocar Online

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