The European Commission is bombarding BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen. The German automakers have been guilty of making mutual agreements about emissions technology, concludes Brussels after research.
BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen allegedly promised in the period 2006 to 2014 that they would not compete with each other with the development and introduction of technology for reducing emissions. According to European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager (Competition), consumers were at a disadvantage because they could not opt for less polluting vehicles, even though the technology was available.
Nothing is yet known about a possible penalty. The committee now gives automakers the chance to present their side of the story. The investigation into automakers is separate from other investigations by authorities, including the use of tamper software to manipulate emission tests.