BMW to get hit with diesel emissions probe?
Following on from the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, the automotive industry at large has been scrambling to ensure their vehicles are up to scratch in terms of emissions. VW subsidiary Audi, Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG and parts supplier Robert Bosch GmbH have all been under investigation, and it seems that BMW could be next on the list.
German environmental group Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) says a BMW 320d was found to exceed emissions limits when the engine spun up above 3000rpm. Worryingly for the manufacturer, DUH claimed the emissions broke the permitted levels by a factor of at least seven.
The CEO of the non-profit organisation, Jürgen Resch, said “there is clear evidence that in this car an unauthorised defeat device is installed.”
BMW was quick to refute the claims, claiming that 3000rpm is a “very high engine speed,” and that DUH tested the vehicle under different conditions than BMW, such as driving 10 percent faster on a different road, as well as in a laboratory. Even so, the results have been submitted to German authorities for further testing and investigation.
Earlier this year, BMW CEO Harald Krüger told a meeting of diesel manufacturers that “we have not manipulated the vehicles. We have diesels, they are clean and they are the best in the world.” BMW went further and employed the services of TÜV Süd, an independent testing group which inspects and certifies products for businesses, to examine a 320d right after the Volkswagen emissions scandal came to light. They found “no emission-relevant interferences took place. All values at that time were technically explainable.” Moreover, prosecutors declined to open a case in June regarding BMW’s diesel emissions.