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In a follow-up to an earlier report in which German publication Auto Bild revealed that the BMW X3 xDrive20d model could be emitting up to 11 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxides during tests conducted by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), the automaker has issued an update on the matter.

It said that Auto Bild has since published a clarification over its original article, which focused on the emissions of the X3 during testing. “No evidence of emission manipulation by BMW. The values mentioned in the document were only generated in a single, one hour-long road test. Auto Bild has no access to the details of this test trail, which might explain the discrepancies to the test cycle NEDC (New European Driving Cycle),” the publication stated.

As before, the automaker reiterated that two studies carried out by the ICCT have confirmed that the BMW X5 and 13 other BMW vehicles tested comply with the legal requirements concerning NOx emissions. No discrepancies were found in the X5 between laboratory-test and field-test NOx emissions.

Damage from the initial article saw BMW stocks falling by as much as 9.7% following the surfacing of the AB report, according to Bloomberg. Separately, Daimler also saw its shares plummet by as much as 5.8% last week amidst growing concerns that it too could be involved in a similar situation.