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German media reports 280,000 diesel-powered E- and C-Class models feature emissions-cheating technology

Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler is facing a fine ranging from €800 million (£740m) to €1 billion (£925m) for diesel emission-related violations, according to German magazine Der Spiegel.

Der Spiegel reports the German motor vehicle authority, the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, has discovered software deemed to be illegal under existing European Union law fitted to various Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Mercedes-Benz E-Class diesel models, including the popular C220 CDI and E220 CDI.

The software is claimed to allow diesel-powered C- and E-Class models to achieve lower NOx and CO2 emissions in controlled climatic conditions at pre-set speeds on a rolling road during testing than in practice on public roads.

Der Spiegel says Daimler has been ordered to recall up to 280,000 vehicles.

A fine of up to 5000 per vehicle is being considered by the Stuttgart public prosecutor, the German magazine claims.

A spokesman for the Stuttgart prosecutor’s office said the investigation into possible diesel emission fraud by Daimler was continuing and would not be concluded before the end of the year.  

Daimler has declined to comment while the investigation is ongoing.

In June, the German motor vehicle authority ordered Daimler to recall 60,000 GLK diesels, bringing the total number of diesel vehicles recalled by the German car maker in relation to software irregularities to more than 760,000.

Daimler also faces prosecution by US authorities. In 2016, the US Environmental Protection Agency asked its Mercedes-Benz division to explain high emissions levels in various diesel models.

Prosecutors in Germany have enacted administrative orders to impose fines on Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche for diesel emission cheating.

In May, the Stuttgart prosecutor fined Porsche 535m and supplier Bosch 90m. This came on the back of the Braunschweig prosecutor imposing a 1bn fine on Volkswagen and the Munich prosecutor fining Audi 800m.

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JMax18 14 August 2019

There is a reason why VWs

There is a reason why VWs sales were not dented in the slightest after the dieselgate scandel. People don't give a fig for emissions. And frankly, I don't either. The fact that a car company cheated in order for their cars to have the legal emissions strikes me as dishonest, but all the same, it wouldn't stop me buying from them.

Antony Riley 12 August 2019

On and on it goes !. One

On and on it goes !. One question why do people still buy from the German corupt car manufactures I ask. Are yes badge on the drive  ,thats why. All the so called premier car makers  V W ,Audi ,Porsche, BMW  and good old Mercedes all in court, al have high ranking officals either to go to court ,ave been in court and of course some are behind bars. 

pauld101 12 August 2019

No, no, no Antony...

Please don't say these horrid, horrid things - each time VW's lovely, lovely name is criticised, another fairy dies.  VW, Audi, Porsche - these cars have only ever produced pure air, with the lightest scent of wild flowers...  Any VW executive serving the maximum prison sentence for his role in Dieselgate is purely coincidental.

Peter Cavellini 12 August 2019

Said it before......

 Yep, when the VW fiasco hit the Fan I said it was only tip of a very big Iceberg, who is next I wonder...?