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European Commission informs three German manufacturers of preliminary findings, claiming they colluded to restrict the rollout of emissions control systems

BMWDaimler and the Volkswagen Group have been found guilty of colluding to restrict the use of emissions-reducing technology, according to preliminary findings by the European Commission.

The European Union (EU) institution alleges that collusion resulted from secretive meetings between the so-called 'circle of five', including senior figures from AudiPorsche and Volkswagen.

It's claimed that the makers decided together to breach EU competition rules in order to "limit the development and roll-out of emission cleaning technology for new diesel and petrol cars sold in the European Economic Area".

The scheme is alleged to have limited the inclusion of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems and petrol particulate filters on cars sold in Europe between 2006 and 2014.

In handing down a preliminary verdict, the Commission accused BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen of “blocking innovation and denying customers the opportunity to buy more environmentally friendly vehicles”.

Daimler stated: “We are aware that a statement of objections has been issued and are awaiting formal notification. Daimler has been co-operating extensively with the European Commission as leniency applicant already at an early stage and does not expect to receive a fine in this matter”.

While the three car makers are invited to respond to the findings, big penalties could still be issued. The fine for breaking competition law is up to 10% of a company's annual turnover, and it can be based on the turnover of the group to which the company belongs “if the parent of that group exercised decisive influence over the operations of the subsidiary during the infringement period”.

The BMW Group, Daimler and the Volkswagen Group posted respective turnovers of €97 billion (£83.4bn), €167 billion (£143.5bn) and €174 billion (£149.5bn) in 2018.

Lawrence Allan and Greg Kable

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Neo32 7 April 2019


If 28 countries work together it’s called collaboration.

If companies do it, it’s called collusion.

db 5 April 2019


This has little to do with the EU and Brexit which seems come into evrything these days even if the topic has nothing to do with it. This is the result of globalisation of multinational companies thinking in the board room that they are above the law of any country. Thankfully they are being taken to task, while our UK government ignores it just like they did with the banking crisis which we are all still paying for and no one took  any money back off the fat cats with thier ubber bonuses in the fake good times.

The only certains in life death and taxes ! 

lambo58 5 April 2019

Of course autoprat wont bite

Of course autoprat wont bite the hand that feeds them

If they did any serious investigation themselves Id fall off my chair