BMW X3 diesel report – Auto Bild clarifies matters

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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.

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  • BMW didn’t cheat like ‘BMW of Asia’

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  • seancorr (Member) on Sep 28, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    I can’t think of anyone else making a better Diesel engine than BMW especially with its latest diesel ones.

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    • sudonano (Member) on Sep 28, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      Got to agree on this. BMW’s diesels are really really smooth and creamy.

      Having said that, Mercedes and Audi’s diesels are really good too. Basically German diesels, I’d rate 10/10. Can’t say the same for JLR’s diesels which don’t feel as smooth due to the more noticeable turbo tuning…

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      • seancorr (Member) on Sep 29, 2015 at 8:30 am

        Smooth yes but only works with better fuel quality since we can’t find one official diesel from both MBM and Audi Malaysia. BMW Malaysia on the other hand has been selling diesel models here for years now so I would think their engines can take quite a beating and still be durable :-] With the new Euro 5M coming to the Klang valley I think it’s a sign to switch when I do decide to change my car hehe.

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  • Cheater please tell the truth! on Sep 28, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Car manufacturers should be transparent regarding to all of the testing that they have done. Please dont cheat like vw! Tell the truth results please!

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  • Cistern on Sep 28, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    If BMW knows for a fact they’re not cheating and have the figures to back it up, they’ll get come down hard on these irresponsible reporters.

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  • Bavaria Motor Werbungskatteausgesamt on Sep 28, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Bmw Fanatics and users are losers. Always bash on Merc/VW. Bad RV for BMW and most BMW drivers are A-holes anyways. Go buy the used 5 series and add bodykit and drive like you’re about to kill other drivers.

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