Germany fines BMW US$9.6m over diesel emissions

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“Munich prosecutors have ordered a fine of 8.5 million euros for the administrative offence of negligence in quality control,” investigators said in a statement.

Authorities had been probing BMW since early 2018 over suspicions it could have built a so-called “defeat device” into some diesel cars. Such technologies allow the vehicle to reduce emissions under test conditions, while emitting far higher levels of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) on the road.

In Germany, Volkswagen has paid one billion euros in fines over defeat devices following its 2015 admission that it installed them in 11 million cars worldwide, while high-end subsidiary Audi has paid 800 million euros. 

But the number of vehicles showing irregularities in BMW’s case is far smaller, at just under 8,000.

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