Harmful Emissions Causes Audi To Recall 8.5 Lakh Cars

The article alleged that hundreds of executives from Volkswagen (and its subsidiaries Audi and Porsche), Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler and BMW had participated in 60 secret industry working groups over decades as they sought to suspend competition in everything from vehicle development and engines, to suppliers and diesel emissions systems. The cost to automotive companies of installing equipment to neutralize the fumes emitted by diesel vehicles is also increasing, making it hard to keep the price of the cars competitive.

A committee will be set up to measure the impact of updating diesel cars on individual communies and cities, with a view to averting bans of diesel engined cars, the sources said.

Acting on evidence provided by a former Volkswagen employee, the European Union has opened the cartel investigation following claims that up to 200 employees from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen were involved in the secret, closed-door meetings. The company said in a statement: "The BMW Group categorically rejects accusations Euro 6 diesel vehicles sold by the company do not provide adequate exhaust gas treatment due to AdBlue tanks that are too small".

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In June, the European Union said it had fined auto lighting system producers Automotive Lighting and Hella €27m for operating a cartel with Valeo, which wasn't fined.

It was referring to reports over the weekend that European antitrust authorities were looking into allegations that Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW colluded illegally to hold down the prices of crucial technology, including emissions equipment.

Luxury vehicle maker Audi, a division of Volkswagen said it would update engine software on up to 850,000 diesel-engined cars.

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Auto stocks tumbled over the weekend as Volkswagen (VW), which owns the Porsche and Audi brands, as well as Germany's cartel authority refused to comment on the report. On the public road, these cars were emitting far more nitrogen oxide than the law allows. Namely, the three carmakers allegedly agreed to use small AdBlue tanks. The move comes four days after Daimler voluntarily recalled its 3 million Mercedes Benz diesel engine cars in Europe hoping to enhance their emission performances.

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Vehicles with affected engines would receive a free software upgrade that "will further improve their emissions in real driving conditions beyond the current legal requirements", Audi added.

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