Official statements on emissions test cheating from BMW, Ford, Mercedes, JLR, Peugeot, Citroën, Lamborghini, Bentley, Porsche and Renault
Julian Rendell
24 September 2015

BMW UK has stated that its road cars “do not use any software that can influence emissions in the test cycle” in the wake of the scandal surrounding fellow German car maker Volkswagen.

Jaguar Land Rover, Lamborghini, Ford, Bentley, the PSA Group and Renault have also denied manipulating the tests through the use of defeat devices or extra software.

Along with a VW Passat and Jetta, a US-specification 3.0-litre BMW X5 was one of three diesel-powered vehicles involved in the initial research project into nitrogen oxides emissions conducted by West Virginia University (WVU), which then relayed its findings to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

During the tests in 2014, the X5 did not record any emissions readings to concern WVU’s researchers.  

A BMW UK spokesman told Autocar: “Regarding BMW’s position, we do not use any software that can influence emissions in the test cycle. 

“The International Council on Clean Transportation [ICCT] study which resulted in the EPA investigation showed that the tested BMW vehicle complied with the limits set, including in real-world driving situations. Given the positive results of the BMW vehicle emission test, neither EPA nor CARB [California Air Resources Board] have approached BMW in connection with this matter.”

The spokesman explained that BMW UK’s diesel engines achieved compliance with the latest EU6 emissions standards either by use of a urea injection system – as fitted to the X5 used in the original WVU test – or via engine technology.

“With regard to urea additives, there is a small number of vehicles that we now offer with this technology, namely: 520d GT, 730d and 740d and X5/X6 diesel variants. 

“All other BMW diesel engines in the UK achieve the EU6 requirements through measures inside the engine, exhaust gas recirculation and NSC [NOx Storage Catalyst] technology.

“The weight of the vehicle also has a bearing on this, which is why BMW’s lightweighting technologies also have an important part to play,” he added. 

Other manufacturers have gone on the record to say that they have not used devices to manipulate tests, with JLR saying: “Jaguar Land Rover does not use any ​emissions ​‘defeat devices’ or software.”

A Ford spokesman said: “Our vehicles and engines – including our diesel engines – meet all applicable emissions standards, and they are designed to perform consistently both in the lab and on the road. We do not have any so-called “defeat devices” in our vehicles.

“We fully support efforts to ensure that emission standards closely match the real-world results that customers experience under normal conditions.

“We are committed to offering consumers high fuel efficiency and low emissions through what we call the “power of choice.”  We offer customers a variety of choices ranging from our EcoBoost-powered gasoline vehicles and advanced technology diesels to hybrids, plug-in hybrids and full electric vehicles.”

Lamborghini, which is part of the Volkswagen Group, has also stated that it complies with the law, with a spokesman saying: “New Lamborghini models comply with the legal requirements and environmental standards in the markets in which they are sold. Lamborghini, on its own, is responsible for making sure, together with the respective national authorities, that these requirements and standards are met regarding emissions controls.”

Both Bentley and Porsche spokesmen have also confirmed that none of their vehicles have employed the software used elsewhere within the VW Group to manipulate emissions tests.

Renault has also welcomed more tightening of the testing procedure and says it has not used defeat devices in the past. A spokesman said: “We invite all those legislations and framework in markets we operate in, we don’t have defeat devices in any of our cars and we welcome the improvements that are proposed in Europe for the NEDC side of it.”

Mercedes-Benz denied the practice, too. “Mercedes-Benz does not use defeat devices which illegitimately limit the effectiveness of the exhaust after treatment system,” said a spokesman for the company. “This applies to every Mercedes-Benz diesel and petrol engine worldwide.”

The PSA group, Peugeot, Citroen and DS, issued a combined statement calling for stricter emissions tests, and also denied that it used any defeat devices.

“PSA’s Research and Development Department reaffirms that PSA complies with the approval procedures in effect in all countries where it operates, and that engine settings, assuming the same conditions of use, are identical whether for approval procedures or in real life.”

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How the Volkswagen story unfolded

Reports suggest VW was warned of illegal software 'years ago'

How VW's 'defeat device' works

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24 September 2015
In a way its partly BMW's fault. They seem to be able to produce high power outputs with low emissions from their engines. The car industry relies on the numbers game and the pressure on VW to produce respectable power outputs (comparatively) with low emissions was technically beyond their capability so they took the easy way out and fiddled it. Those few millions in R&D they saved are going to look VERY cheap now.....

24 September 2015
I'm not a fan of their cars but to hold them to account in any way is a bit much.

 

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24 September 2015
I'm not a fan of their cars but to hold them to account in any way is a bit much.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

24 September 2015
Exciting though this is, what about a few articles about, you know, cars!

24 September 2015
So BMW are to blame because they have better engine designs than VW? That is a bit of a stretch!

24 September 2015
Well you can't blame BMW for at least limiting the damage caused by fallout from the Volkswagen episode. But the truth is no manufacturer is whiter than white in regard to emission testing. All manufacturers look for ways in which they can bend the rules, to find cheaper ways of passing the tests, or so that the results can be used for commercial gain. As I see it, VW crossed a fine line and were unlucky enough to get caught.

24 September 2015
I think "The Apprentice" is just being a bit ironic about VW not having the technological know-how to match BMW. He is not holding BMW to account in any way but showing the shortcomings of VW and all their sub-brands.

Dan

24 September 2015
bezor Ta wrote:

I think "The Apprentice" is just being a bit ironic about VW not having the technological know-how to match BMW. He is not holding BMW to account in any way but showing the shortcomings of VW and all their sub-brands.

spot on bezor! my point was VW see themselves as semi premium and when customers see they can have say an 184bhp BMW but at the same emission level VW only gets you 150 or less then VW are under pressure to take the 'quick fix' or people will wonder what the heck they are paying a premium for.

24 September 2015
The Apprentice wrote:
bezor Ta wrote:

I think "The Apprentice" is just being a bit ironic about VW not having the technological know-how to match BMW. He is not holding BMW to account in any way but showing the shortcomings of VW and all their sub-brands.

spot on bezor! my point was VW see themselves as semi premium and when customers see they can have say an 184bhp BMW but at the same emission level VW only gets you 150 or less then VW are under pressure to take the 'quick fix' or people will wonder what the heck they are paying a premium for.

All these companies are in the business of making money, but VW's response to the problem of emissions says a lot about their principles. Respect for their customers, the authorities, and the environment is obviously way down their list of priorities.

24 September 2015
Premium car makers like BMW and Mercedes spend enormous sums of money on bringing benefits to their customers. That's why they charge premium prices and their customers pay. VW-Audi on the other hand are the pretenders charging money for what they can't offer but can pretend to offer via the mantra of perceived quality.

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