Cars Diesel Members: BMW and VW Group threatens new cartel penalty in a three-digit millions of millions

22:20  20 april  2021
22:20  20 april  2021 Source:   handelsblatt.com

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An Absprachen zur Entwicklung von Abgasreinigungssystemen für Dieselmotoren waren neben VW und BMW auch Daimler, Audi und Porsche beteiligt. © dpa on aggregates for the development of exhaust gas purification systems for diesel engines were also involved in VW and BMW Daimler, Audi and Porsche.

BMW and the Volkswagen Group threatens a new cartel penalty in a three-digit millions. For a good three years, the EU Commission has been identifying against the major German automotive companies because of potential anti-competitive agreements in the development of exhaust gas purification systems for diesel engines . As announced on Tuesday from industry circles, the investigations of the EU Commission go to the final round. With a definitive decision, before the summer break is expected.

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The EU Commission considers German automakers that they were very appreciated in the development of the so-called "SCR system". Through these illegal agreements between 2006 and 2014, the three German corporations would have taken care of that no competition could take place at all.

There has been a mutual understanding of which "products do not improve and not to compete with the quality," EU competition commissarin Margrethe Vestager at the opening of the procedure.

The agreements were made in the case of automotive manufacturers in the so-called "5er circles". At the talks were not just Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler involved, but also the VW daughters Audi and Porsche, a total of five German car manufacturers.

floated the anti-competitive agreements by a self-reporting of the Stuttgart Daimler Group. This self-report has a penalty-quiting, the Mercedes mother is therefore probably not a fine after Brussels.

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also Volkswagen had tried a self-report, but was a bit later than the Stuttgart competitors. The penalty exemption is always valid for the first company, so the VW Group will be necessary to set a penalty as BMW . Whether Volkswagen is a bit cheaper because of the tried self-reporting is a bit cheaper than BMW, is still unclear at the moment. BMW had always denied a competitive behavior in the past.

VW and BMW did not want to comment on the process. "As known, Daimler cooperates early and comprehensively with the European Commission as a critical and expects a fine in this matter," said a Daimler spokesman for the Handelsblatt.

as complemented from industry circles, the conversations of the EU Commission have reached the final phase with the driving autocracies concerned. The manufacturers would have adjusted that the final decision will probably fall until August. On BMW and Volkswagen, a summed punishment of around one billion euros could be sent.

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