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Audi to Refit Software on 850000 Diesel Vehicles Outside North America
Adding to the spate of bad news was a report in Der Spiegel magazine that the biggest vehicle manufacturers - Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen as well as VW's Audi and Porsche brands - may have colluded for decades on technology. If EU officials ultimately find that the carmakers broke competition law, they could fine them billions of euros. The cost to automotive companies of installing equipment to neutralize the fumes emitted by diesel vehicles is also increasing, making it hard to keep the price of the cars competitive. These are the very vehicles touted by the industry as being the "cleanest" diesel cars ever built. Daimler and Volkswagendeclined to comment to Reuters, as did Germany's cartel authority.
It is claimed BMW cars fitted with Euro 6 diesel engines do not adequately restrict exhaust emissions because their AdBlue tanks are too small.
"The European Commission and the Bundeskartellamt [German cartel office] have received information on this matter, which is now being assessed by the Commission", the European Commission said in a statement on Saturday.
German magazine Der Spiegel has reported the car-makers agreed in 2006 to limit the size of the tanks used to hold AdBlue to save space for other features including sound systems. It added, it saw no reason to recall or upgrade its latest diesel vehicles.
Separately, five German automakers - Daimler's Mercedes-Benz, Opel and Volkswagen and its subsidiaries Audi and Porsche - previous year agreed to recall a total of 630,000 diesel vehicles in Europe after it was found that real-world emissions often exceeded European Union emissions standards.
BMW has hit back at suggestions it colluded with other European manufacturers on diesel emissions. With the software updates, the auto industry is able to cut nitrogen oxide pollution by about 20 percent. "Several European cities - including Stuttgart, the home of Porsche - have called for a ban on diesel cars, which accounted for around 47% of cars sold in Europe's five biggest markets in the second quarter of this year".
Volkswagen AG's premium brand Audi is starting a voluntary recall of diesel cars, following a similar move by rival Mercedes-Benz as regulatory scrutiny of the engines' hazardous pollution intensifies.
"We compete to provide the best exhaust treatment systems", the Munich-based vehicle maker said in statement on Sunday afternoon.
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