BMW, Daimler, and VW investigated over a possible cartel

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Words: Nile Bijoux
20 Sep 2018

The European Commission has opened an investigation into five car manufacturers who have jointly been accused of pushing back against cleaner emissions technologies.

The Commission is worried actions from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, VW, Audi, and Porsche have denied buyers the opportunity to buy more efficient cars. “If proven, this collusion may have denied consumers the opportunity to buy less polluting cars, despite the technology being available to the manufacturers,” says Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition.

Specifically, “Selective Catalytic Reduction” systems for diesel engines and “Otto Particulate Filters” for petrol engines are thought to be the main culprits.

However, the commission says the investigation is not related to emissions defeat devices.

Last year, an overseas report was released, claiming BMW, Audi, Porsche, and Daimler formed a secret cartel back in the 1990s. The companies discussed technology, costs, suppliers and the exhaust gas purification of its diesel-powered vehicles.

Despite the huge fines being laid at guilty manufacturers’ doorsteps, dirty diesels are alive and well. A separate report claims that in the UK alone, where some seven million ‘bad’ diesels are still in use, around 23,500 early deaths are caused by high levels of nitrogen oxide. It adds that 43 million dirty diesels are still being driven throughout Europe.

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