Daimler Accused of Selling Over a Million Cars With Excess Emissions

A new report from Germany unveils accusations against Daimler of selling more than one million cars with excessive exhaust emissions.

The Mercedes-Benz models were sold in the U.S. and Europe between 2008 and 2016, according to a report from German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

The report comes after the paper uncovered a search warrant from the District Court of Stuttgart. The warrant lead to a raid involving 230 officers and 23 prosecutors last May. That search resulted from allegations of possible emissions defeat devices in Daimler vehicles.

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Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports that engines codenamed OM 642 and OM 651 were being examined as they may be using emission control defeat devices outside of government emissions testing.

The OM 642 is a 3.0-liter diesel V6 used in most of the Mercedes range. It is in Sprinter vans as well as C, E, G, R, ML, S, and CLS class models badged 320 and 350 Bluetec. The OM 651 is a four-cylinder diesel in 1.8 and 2.2 liter displacements. That engine was used in S 250 and E 300 Bluetec models.

The paper said that there was a risk that the European vehicles could be banned, citing the search warrant. A Daimler spokesperson told the paper that they didn’t expect the vehicles to be banned, but otherwise declined comment.

This is just the latest in a string of investigations and increased scrutiny of automakers since the Volkswagen scandal began to unfold in 2015.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung


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