BMW rejects cartel and emissions manipulation allegations

BMW rejects cartel and emissions manipulation allegations

Amid the latest wave of diesel-centric accusations, the BMW Group has stressed its innocence to the charges aimed at the German car industry

BMW has addressed the allegations of secret meetings between German car manufacturers amid the diesel crisis, explaining that the brands discussed AdBlue tanking infrastructure in Europe, rather than colluding on ways to get around European emissions laws.

Following reports last week of an EU investigation into an alleged cartel between BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen, BMW has defended its position. It said in a statement: “BMW Group vehicles are not manipulated and comply with respective legal requirements.”

The BMW Group previously denied any emissions manipulation in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, and has now reaffirmed its position on the matter. 

The statement also revealed that official investigations – both national and international – were conducted into BMW regarding diesel manipulation, from which no evidence of wrongdoing was uncovered. Previous investigations into diesel emissions reached Renault, Fiat Chrysler and the PSA Group, in addition to the widely publicised and ongoing scrutiny of the Volkswagen Group. 

In contrast to Audi and Mercedes confirming last week that some of its respective cars could receive voluntary emissions software tweaks, BMW stated that there is no need for any tweaking of its Euro 6-standard diesel cars. 

However, BMW is continuing its software update to Euro 5-standard diesels, which is voluntary and cost-free. 

Source: Autocar Online

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