BMW X3 xDrive20d reportedly emitting 11 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxide, shares fall by up to 9.7%

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The ongoing ‘Dieselgate’ scandal appears to be gaining momentum as a new report by German publication, Auto Bild, has revealed that the BMW X3 xDrive20d model could be emitting up to 11 times the legal limit of nitrous oxide during tests conducted by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) – said results would mean that the aforementioned model breaches the Euro 6 limit for diesel engine emissions.

“All measured data suggest that this is not a VW-specific issue,” commented Peter Mock, MD of the ICCT’s European arm. However, it remains to be seen as to whether or not the allegations aimed at BMW prove true. The German carmaker has denied that it employs similar tactics used by Volkswagen to pass emissions tests. BMW X5 diesels, on the other hand, passed the same test that VW’s diesel cars failed in California.

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BMW has announced that it “does not manipulate or rig any emissions tests” and that it observes “the legal requirements in each country and fulfill all local testing requirements.” The marque has also gone on to state that “no specific details of the test have yet been provided.” As a result, BMW has confirmed that it will contact the ICCT “for clarification of the test they carried out.”

Whatever the truth may be, BMW stocks have already fallen by as much as 9.7% since news of said report first surfaced, according to Bloomberg. The weakened stocks would indicate the most significant fall the brand has seen in the past four years. Separately, Daimler has also seen its shares plummet by as much as 5.8% amidst growing concerns that it too could be involved in a similar situation.

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Gregory Sze

An “actor” by training, Gregory Sze realised that he has had enough of drama in his life. Following his number one passion (acting was actually number two), he decided to make the jump into the realm of automotive journalism. He appreciates the simple things in life – a simple car with nothing but back-to-basics mechanical engineering and minimal electronics on board.

 

Comments

  • Again if this was Proton, the “rakyat” will demand the CEO and Advisor to seppuku on national TV, the management team to ‘dogeza’ infront of camera for 12 hours, and the execs and workers shunned from automotive, other engineering or technical industries.

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    • Pacific romp on Sep 25, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Why not? Since they wont do it anyway. Periuk nasi mah

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      • movingcoffin on Sep 25, 2015 at 9:28 pm

        Even Toyota which sells takata airbags installed moving coffins for gens here dun do it, why must p1?

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    • Drama Queen on Sep 25, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Oh just shut up, will ya? Why everything has to revolve around Proton?

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    • Unethical BMWi Malaysia on Sep 25, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      Malaysian buyers should sue BMW Malaysia. Although our Diesel is 2M, many buyers were using BHP Euro 4 diesel that was imported from Singapore. We wanted clean diesel and clean air too.

      Now this is misleading Malaysian buyers. BMW Malaysia should compensate the diesel buyers cause half the time our diesel cars are waiting for kids in their school. If I knew such dirty fumes were being emitted, I would not have brought my diesel to school to pick up my kids for I do not want other kids to be breathing toxic material.

      I wait 1 hour for my kids. The line is 1 hour long to pick my kids. Pity the kids breathing this toxic diesel

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      • alldisc on Sep 25, 2015 at 3:01 pm

        Bmw malaysia will not worry at all as the diesel models sold here still emit lower emission than mMalaysian euro 1.5 standard.

        Eh, malaysia got standard one meh?

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      • Unethical BMWi Malaysia on Sep 25, 2015 at 7:35 pm

        I am a VW salesman try my last luck here to save my job.

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  • All in the name of quick profits and they rigged the test study of their cars. VW – the world’s largest car company and now BMW – the world’s largest luxury car company! I wonder how many more will come when they dig in depth

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  • Pure Lies by Almighty Germans on Sep 25, 2015 at 9:53 am

    They always say, when there is one lie, there are 9 lies hidden and will come out like a can of worms. Soon, we will see, all the Blue Motion, Bluetec and Efficient Dynamics claims are all Pure Lies.

    they should pay compensation to each customer. 320d, 520d, 730Ld, X1d, X36, X5 3.0d……

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  • Areyousure on Sep 25, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Let’s import the recon diesel models to Bolehland. We got Euro5 diesel now and low emission regulation.

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  • Volkswagen post no threat to Benz, different Class.

    now, 2 rival dieing, Audi and BMW, Benz will rise even faster with current new design language.

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  • The Archbishop of Banterbury on Sep 25, 2015 at 10:48 am

    aparently the Euro-spec X3 20d xDrive performs worse than the ‘Murican-spec Passat 2.0 TDI,
    http://jalopnik.com/german-magazine-claims-the-bmw-x3-diesel-also-violates-1732767600

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  • Kancil Hybrid on Sep 25, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Proton cheated the power window. BMW cheated the emission level. So Proton = BMW. The minister was absolutely correct.

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    • bmwcheater on Sep 25, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      Power window story sudah basi. Now with lifetime warranty summore, BMW got?

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    • kadajawi (Member) on Sep 28, 2015 at 8:44 am

      How is that cheating? Proton used low quality parts that ended up failing. But VW and others intentionally used something outlawed to get better test results. They could have enabled this software all the time, but instead they only did when testing. It’s a very different thing.

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  • The Archbishop of Banterbury on Sep 25, 2015 at 10:53 am

    no surprise at all.
    http://jalopnik.com/watchdog-group-says-other-car-companies-are-cheating-on-1732615322

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  • Where got clean diesel 1? No wonder months ago somewhere in Europe banning the diesel private vehicle.
    Just leave the diesel usage to lorry, trucks, bus…

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    • heybadigol (Member) on Sep 25, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Yes, I believe France is slowly phasing out diesel engines. To the point that diesel powered vehicles will no longer be allowed in Paris from 2020 onwards. Dieselgate surely isnt’t helping diesel’s cause in Europe either. In Europe, diesel is more popular than petrol. But its a different thing for US (as they use very low RON91 petrol – which is cheaper than diesel). In the US petrol still rules due to its lower pricing.

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    • kadajawi (Member) on Sep 28, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Diesels are great to drive though, and it is possible to make clean diesels. Either by using a filter/AdBlue or by using the software to make them clean all the time… the only problem is that they will then consume a bit more fuel (still very little though) and may have a bit lower performance. Nothing terrible.

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  • The Archbishop of Banterbury on Sep 26, 2015 at 10:58 am

    whoa, wait a minute. the X3 actually isn’t cheating at all.
    http://jalopnik.com/bmw-wasnt-cheating-auto-bild-would-like-us-all-to-unde-1733056878

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