Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Germany discovers ?illegal? devices that may be in 1M Mercedes diesels

Germany discovers ?illegal? devices that may be in 1M Mercedes diesels - Autoblog German Regulator Found Defeat Devices In Daimler Diesel Cars
Russell Knight | 13 June, 2018, 12:15

Since rival Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to cheating United States emissions tests, German automakers including Daimler and BMW have faced a backlash against diesel technology in which they have invested billions of euros.

Across Europe a total of 774,000 diesel vehicles contain "defeat devices" and Daimler said it would recall them all.

In a statement issued on Monday, the German transport ministry said: 'The government will order 238,000 Daimler vehicles to be immediately recalled Germany-wide because of unauthorised defeat devices'.

It relates to four-cylinder turbo-diesel engines fitted to Euro6-compatible 220d variants of the C-class and GLC SUV, as well as the Vito van.

Daimler CEO Dr Dieter Zetsche was ordered to appear in front of the KBA late last week and insisted the meetings were "constructive".

In January 2017, US regulators ordered a stop-sale of several Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' diesel-powered models, including its Jeep Grand Cherokee, after regulators said it emitted more nitrogen oxide than allowed by law.

According to the authorities, the cars use an illegal shut-off device that reduces exhaust gas cleaning when the vehicles are being driven normally on the road.

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This latest development follows news previous year that saw Daimler accused of selling over one million cars with excess emissions in Europe and the U.S., following earlier reports in the German media.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the company said: "Daimler confirms the recall".

Daimler has pledged to work on removing the software and to co-operate with authorities, the ministry said.

The Stuttgart-based carmaker has said the US Department of Justice has inquired about the company's emission certification processes, and that German prosecutors in Stuttgart are investigating Daimler employees on suspicion of fraud and criminal advertising.

Just two months ago in April, Zetsche said Mercedes-Benz customers are showing more confidence in diesel by continuing to buy them in significant numbers.

Arndt Ellinghorst, an analyst with Evercore ISI in London, told Bloomberg that there's no evidence that Daimler was actively designing the software to cheat regulations and emission rules in the European Union.

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