BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen suspected of collusionSeptember 18, 2018
The European Commission has launched an official investigation into BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen, suspected of violating antitrust rules
Companies BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen are suspected of collusion and violation of EU antitrust rules, reports Autocar. According to the publication, the European Commission (EC) has already opened an official investigation on this matter. So, the organization does not rule out that automakers could agree not to compete with each other in developing and implementing technologies to reduce harmful emissions from gasoline and diesel cars.
“This collusion, if it is proved, could deprive consumers of the possibility of acquiring less polluting cars, despite the fact that for manufacturers such technologies were available,” explained European Commissioner for Competition Margret Vestager. Thus, according to her, this agreement could be dangerous for the ecological situation in the world.
At the same time, the EC stressed that they do not have evidence at this time that the companies agreed on their actions in using illegal devices to underestimate the emissions during the tests.
The largest scandal in the history of the world car industry began in the fall of 2015. Then it turned out that the software in Volkswagen cars with diesel engines was tuned in such a way as to bypass environmental tests in the US that measure the level of harmful substances in the exhaust gases.
In violation of Volkswagen, the US Environmental Protection Agency was caught. The US authorities ordered VW to withdraw 500 thousand cars from the US market. Volkswagen was forced to partially suspend sales of a number of diesel models in the US.