Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Emissions cheat declared in 774K Mercedes-Benz vehicles

Emissions cheat declared in 774K Mercedes-Benz vehicles

Daimler has pledged to work on removing the software and to cooperate with authorities, the ministry said.

Yet T&E's 2016 survey showed Mercedes-Benz's average diesel fleet emitted 6.4 times the EU's NOx emissions limits, rating as worse than Ford, Kia, Toyota, Honda, Audi, Mazda and Jaguar Land Rover.

Germany's Transport Ministry said on Monday that 774,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Europe had been found to contain unauthorised software defeat devices and ordered Daimler to recall more than 200,000 cars in Germany. The affected compression ignition engine-powered vehicles are sold only in Europe. According to an official statement by the ministry, selected Vito, C-Class and GLC models in Germany are involved in this recall.

German recall affects 220d versions of C-class and GLC, as well as some Vito vans.

Six Mercedes-Benz models appeared in environmental lobby group Transport and Environment's 2016 "Dirty 50" list of diesel cars and SUVs, with the finger pointed at both thermal switches and another hot-restart software loophole.

Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Mercedes' parent company Daimler, is believed to have met with the KBA to discuss their findings.

Models affected include the Mercedes Benz C-Class- the UK's ninth best-selling model last year
Models affected include the Mercedes Benz C-Class- the UK's ninth best-selling model last year

"The government will order 238,000 Daimler vehicles to be immediately recalled Germany-wide because of unauthorized defeat devices", the ministry said in a statement. "Open legal questions will be clarified in the objection proceedings".

Modern diesel vehicles use an injection system to pump a fluid known commonly as AdBlue (comprised of one-third part urea and two-thirds part deionized water) into the exhaust stream of diesel vehicles.

"The whole European vehicle industry is still stuck in this diesel quagmire, and everything that´s been done so far has done nothing to set it free", auto industry expert Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer of the vehicle research centre told AFP - pointing also to Italian and French automakers.

So-called defeat devices were at the heart of Volkswagen´s "dieselgate" scandal, in which the world´s largest carmaker admitted in September 2015 to installing them in 11 million vehicles worldwide.

The KBA has also hit VW-owned Audi and Porsche with emissions-related recalls this year, as well as BMW.

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