Daimler refutes allegations of emissions manipulation

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Volkswagen’s diesel scandal – which cost CEO Martin Winterkorn his job – hasn’t just tainted the brand, it’s affecting other German automakers as well. Last week, BMW was drawn into the topic when Auto Bild brought up an issue concerning the X3 xDrive20d model, which it said could be emitting up to 11 times the legal NOx limits during tests conducted by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

That issue has since been cleared after Auto Bild made a clarification on the matter, but now it’s the turn of Daimler – Mercedes-Benz’s parent company – to bat. The corporation is refuting allegations made by non-government organisation Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) that it has been manipulating emissions tests.

In a statement, Daimler categorically denied the accusation of manipulating emission tests regarding its vehicles, and said that a ‘defeat device’, which illegitimately reduces emissions during testing, has never been and will never be used at Daimler. It added that both its diesel and petrol engines meet and adhere to every legal requirement.


The DUH sent along seven questions regarding the issue, to which the company said none of the allegations apply to its vehicles. Daimler said that its engines were programmed to adhere to all legal requirements, and had no knowledge of measurements that indicated its vehicles did not meet legally-required standards.

It said that it is actively supporting the work being done within Europe and Germany to develop new testing methods – which measure emissions based on real driving conditions – and would be working closely and constructively with authorities in Germany, Europe and the United States.

Daimler also said that it is evaluating its legal options pertaining to the approach taken and the public assertions made by the DUH, so this one might well go into the courtroom before it is resolved.

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  • Merc and BMW will never stoop so low like VW. VGM should actually close down. Eventhough diesels are not sold in Malaysia, don’t know whatelse VGM is lying about. DSG already one big fat lie, what others?

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    • mally on Sep 30, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      Well, again DSG issued had been resolved and such issued no longer new thing already. If you not sure you can ask me, cause I am driving a Jetta now. 2 years down the road, I never encounter any failure of my vehicle.
      Further what is VGM lying about? They admit their problem and gave total solution for all their customer. Those failure unit had recalled and also had improved their service centre to satisfied all customer. I really couldn’t understand how this can relate to big fat lie>!

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  • JasonLiew on Sep 30, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I thought DSG issue has been resolved? since i heard nobody is complaining about DSG issue for long ago. Plus, VGM has shows improvement as they provided good service for vw cars owners.

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    • rockmock on Sep 30, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      Totally agreed! VGM really improved their service centre, you see very less complaint in the service counter. You can always pay a visit to any VW SC to see yourself

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