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European Union authorities said Friday that German automakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen colluded to limit the development of emissions-cleaning technology in cars.
The finding adds to the car industry's woes after Volkswagen in 2015 admitted to cheating on emissions tests in the U.S., which led to a worldwide reevaluation of how cars are tested and how to limit emissions to make air cleaner and fight climate change.
EU - Regulator - Investigation - BMW - Daimler
The EU antitrust regulator said that after an in-depth investigation, it found that BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen, including its Audi and Porsche units, broke EU laws from 2006 to 2014 by illegally agreeing among themselves to limit the roll-out of the technology. The technology helps eliminate nitrogen oxides, which can be harmful to human health, from both gasoline and diesel passenger cars.
The alleged actions could have limited Europeans' opportunities to buy less polluting cars, but would not have affected price, the EU said. It did not explain how the companies might have profited.
Probe - Procedures - Carmakers - Laws - Software
The probe is separate from other legal procedures against carmakers for allegedly breaching environmental laws or using illegal software in car engines.
EU authorities raided the offices of the three companies in October 2017 and opened their investigation on this case in September last year.
BMW - Discussions - Engineers - Exhaust - Gas
BMW said discussions among engineers were meant to improve exhaust gas technologies and that the whole industry was aware of these...
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