Currently reading: BMW headquarters raided in emissions cheat software hunt
Two of the manufacturer's largest sites have been searched by 100 police officials

German authorities have raided BMW’s Munich headquarters and its engine plant in Austria to search for evidence of the use of emissions cheat software.

A month after the opening of an investigation into the suspected fraud, around 100 law enforcers have raided two of the manufacturer’s largest locations – 4500 employees at the engine plant in Steyr, Austria, build 6000 engines a day.

Prosecutors are looking into "erroneously allocated" software in about 11,400 vehicles of the BMW 750d and BMW M550d luxury models. It has confirmed intentions to recall these cars to "correct software”.

BMW became the latest manufacturer to attract the attention of regulators when it revealed that an internal investigation showed cars were producing higher emissions in real-world driving.

How Volkswagen plans to clean up after Dieselgate

In an official statement released in February, BMW said engineers noticed “that correctly programmed software was wrongly used in a few models that were not compatible”. The brand then recalled 11,700 vehicles for software changes, but Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) said that it didn’t consider the software used in affected models to be a ‘defeat device’.

The latest raids suggest these findings have since come up against opposing evidence, although it is not yet known what encouraged German authorities to go forward with the operation. BMW said that it doesn’t believe a defeat device has been used in its vehicles, stating that it “continues to assume that the situation was caused by an incorrect allocation of the software and does not represent a deliberate attempt to manipulate exhaust emissions”.

“The BMW Group takes the situation very seriously and has a significant interest in the circumstances being fully explained,” BMW said in a new statement. “The company is co-operating fully with the authorities. In addition, the company had already started an internal investigation and will obviously forward all information gathered so far to the authorities.”

More content:

World's first 3D printed car due on roads in 2019

Aston Martin Vantage prototype first drive

Join the debate

Add a comment…
Peter Cavellini 22 March 2018


  Come on guys, stick to the Topic!, anyway, we can’t judge, we haven’t all the facts....

Cobnapint 21 March 2018

Tun ta taaan.

Ah, that we'll known saying.

GODFATHER 21 March 2018

Cobnapint wrote:

Cobnapint wrote:

Ah, that we'll known saying.

Do you even know what a saying is?

Cobnapint 22 March 2018

Ah, drum roll and something about a Daimler

That other well known saying.

GODFATHER 21 March 2018

Tun ta taaan. Who would have

Tun ta taaan. Who would have guessed? But what about the so call German engineering?

Luap 21 March 2018



Tun ta taaan. Who would have guessed? But what about the so call German engineering?


Tun ta taaan?? What the heck is Tun ta taaan??

GODFATHER 21 March 2018

It’s called a drumroll.

It’s called a drumroll. Meaning two down and Daimler to go.

Symanski 22 March 2018

Engineering cheating.


Tun ta taaan. Who would have guessed? But what about the so call German engineering?


Clearly "German Engineering" means cheating.  VW cheating with emissions, but from my own personal experience (backed up with shocking stories you can google for), BMW releases fragile underdeveloped technology and lets the owners pick up some heafty bills once quietly using sticky tape to get the cars out of warranty.


Due to threats of class action lawsuits in the US, some BMWs (not many) got warranties out to ten years after BMW had to buy back tens of thousands of 335i cars via Lemon laws.   Bet you never heard of that in the UK!


Now do a search for the M3/4 engine and the crank hub slipping.  Pistons were meeting valves, something which should never happen for obvious reasons.