Volkswagen and BMW were fined 875 million euros for colluding to restrict the use of emission reduction technologies, and the whistleblower was Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz.
According to media reports, the European Commission determined on the 8th that German automakers Volkswagen and BMW had colluded to restrict the use of clean diesel emissions technology and imposed a total fine of 875 million euros on the two companies.
The European Commission’s executive vice-chairman in charge of digitalization and fair competition said at a press conference: “For Daimler and BMW, as well as the five car manufacturers, Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche, which belong to the Volkswagen Group, the European Commission will do A decision. The European Union issued a fine of 875 million euros.”
The European Commission said in a statement that between June 2009 and October 2014, the companies involved held technical meetings and signed illegal agreements to restrict the injection of environmentally friendly vehicle urea or vehicle urea into diesel engines, thereby causing vehicle emissions. The efficiency of cleaner exhaust is reduced.
To this end, Volkswagen and BMW will pay 502.3 million euros and 372.8 million euros in fines respectively.
According to the European Commission, another German automaker Daimler AG also participated in the collusion, but was exempted from fines for reporting this violation.
It is worth mentioning that this is another huge fine since Volkswagen was exposed in 2015 to install cheating software for exhaust emission detection on some diesel vehicles, that is, the “emission gate” scandal.
Westage issued a statement that day, saying that Daimler, BMW, Volkswagen and other car companies have emission reduction technologies that exceed EU emission standards, but they collude to avoid competition, resulting in failure to make full use of the potential of this technology to achieve better Clean emission effect.
Vestag said that competition and innovation in the treatment of car pollution are essential for Europe to achieve its green goals. The EU will not hesitate to take action to combat actions that endanger this goal.