European Commission informs three German manufacturers of preliminary findings, claiming they colluded to restrict the rollout of emissions control systems
18 September 2018

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”.

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18 September 2018

  There was a chance that if Euro6 was hard to meet that others might have like VW had to in some way do something the same.....

Peter Cavellini.

18 September 2018

The EU itself is complicit in this scandal. All too easy for politicians to set ‘stringent’ pollution targets, get validation from stats showing an official fall in overall emissions (even if the truth is very different) and give themselves a big pat on the back.

Now of course they are keen to find fall guys lest the blame comes back to them.

289

5 April 2019

...I told you so!

5 April 2019

Poetry Peter.  But what does it mean?

18 September 2018

Does anyone belive new regs are brought in without first çonsulting'EU manufactureres?

 

Of course not.

 

The EU is a corrupt mess setting ...er...."standards" that are biased towards its own manufacturers . When it comes to automaotive the the Germans and French are head and shoulders above all others in fiddling the rules & regs to suit themselves.....

 

Always has been.

Steam cars are due a revival.

5 April 2019
Do you have evidence of this?

Zazu

5 April 2019
Zazu25 wrote:

Do you have evidence of this?

Of course he doesnt its all lies and conspiracy theories, you know all the sort of stuff that won Leave the refurendum.

XXXX just went POP.

5 April 2019

And made the Remaining ret4rd moan like little old women. Should be done treason and lynched 

18 September 2018

its a case of "if" they colluded, but how much they colluded. Love a bit of superior German engineering, I also believe Bosch need to be dragged into it as well for their fuel "mangement" systems.

18 September 2018
Enough is enough. The sooner these three put the dirty diesels behind them the better for everyone. Stop holding back the hybrid power trains.

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