Daimler could be slapped with a fine of 3.75 billion euros (about RM17 billion) after German transport minister Andreas Scheuer threatened to do so over a diesel emissions scandal, according to a report by German magazine Spiegel.

Recently, Scheuer questioned Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of management of Daimler, after a regulator discovered illegal software in one of Mercedes-Benz’s models. The minister said a total of 750,000 vehicles could be affected and the ministry could impose fines of up to 5,000 euros (RM23,247) per car.

A spokesman for the transport ministry said that the carmaker and the German transport ministry had agreed to clear up highly complex technical issues related to diesel emissions.

Last month, Daimler was ordered by motor vehicle authority KBA to recall Vito vans fitted with 1.6 litre diesel engines as they breached emissions rules. There was also evidence that diesel engines used in C-Class models were also affected by the scandal.