Illegal Defeat Devices Discovered In Daimler Vehicles

Mercedes To Recall 774К Diesels In Europe Over Emissions Issues

Germany's Transport Ministry said on Monday that 774,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Europe had been found to contain unauthorized software defeat devices and ordered Daimler to recall more than 200,000 cars in Germany.

The Stuttgart-based carmaker has said the US Department of Justice has inquired about the company's emission certification processes, and that German prosecutors in Stuttgart are investigating Daimler employees on suspicion of fraud and criminal advertising. The diesel Mercedes C-Class C220d and GLC 220d, as well as the Vito 119CDI, are said to be affected, with German authorities demanding the recall after "illegal switch-off devices" were detected.

Mercedes-Benz is recalling hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles across Europe after they were found to be fitted with illegal software.

"The government will order 238 000 Daimler vehicles to be immediately recalled Germany-wide because of unauthorised defeat devices", the ministry said in a statement.

But they continue to bet on the internal combustion engine and diesel into the future, with Daimler and component maker Bosch recently touting upgraded diesel technology they say solves the motors´ exhaust issues.

Daimler hasn't denied the existence of the functions, but have refuted the suggestion that they are illegal.

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German Regulator Found Defeat Devices In Daimler Diesel Cars

In January 2017, USA regulators ordered a stop-sale of several Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' diesel-powered models, including its Jeep Grand Cherokee, after regulators said it emitted more nitrogen oxide than allowed by law.

The company is reportedly confident it can bring the vehicles back into compliance via software update. "Those functions are part of a complex emission control system created to ensure robust emission control in different driving conditions and over the lifetime of a vehicle". The alleged emissions defeat devices were revealed by Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority.

'For the existence of the relevant test cycle NEDC, the specific programming in question is not required'.

'We don't see any evidence that Daimler was designing software to deliberately cheat on emission testing, ' he said.

'Overall, this outcome should de-risk the stock'.

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