25 July, 2017
Daimler had already issued a recall for more than 250,000 of its compact models (A-Class, B-Class, CLA-Class) and V-Class passenger vans, but the new recall massively expands this to cover almost every diesel Mercedes-Benz auto sold since about 2009.
Daimler announced on Tuesday that it would modify three million Mercedes vehicles in Europe to reduce their diesel emissions. The company said in a statement that it "aims to maintain the future viability of diesel engines" and believes the program "will counteract possible bans on vehicles with diesel engines".
And on Friday, Audi said it would retrofit 850,000 diesel cars to improve their emissions in "real driving conditions".
Reports of widespread anti-competitive practices in the German auto industry would, if confirmed, lift the ongoing diesel scandal to a new, existential, level for Germany's most influential industry, one that generates a fifth of Germany's total economic revenue. Vehicles using Euro 5 and Euro 6 diesel engines are affected by the recall.
A new committee will be set up to examine how improvements in diesel emissions will impact communities, with the intention of avoiding a possible ban on diesel cars that Germany is considering, sources said. Volkswagen has agreed to spend some $25 billion in the U.S.to address claims that it had cheated emissions tests. The German cartel office, or Bundeskartellamt, said in a statement Friday that it searched the vehicle companies a year ago as part of a probe into a possible steel cartel.More news: Teen Driver Livestreamed Crash That Killed Her Little Sister: Cops
BMW now sees no reason to issue a voluntary recall for diesel cars fitted with Euro 6 compliant engines, but the firm has committed to an optional software upgrade for Euro 5 diesel cars at no cost to customers. On the public road, these cars were emitting far more nitrogen oxide than the law allows.
Last week, Daimler said it would recall some 3 million Mercedes-Benz diesel cars to address concerns about their emissions systems amid scrutiny from the German government and prosecutors.
Audi's announcement came a day after BMW said it would offer to upgrade the software in more than 350,000 vehicles.
"With their low fuel consumption, diesel engines help to achieve the ambitious Carbon dioxide targets in Europe, which is another reason why Audi has chose to offer this retrofit program". These are the very vehicles touted by the industry as being the "cleanest" diesel cars ever built.