BMW and Volkswagen, $ 1 billion fine for “agreeing” not to compete to reduce pollutant emissions

Although the “bubo” first exploded in Volkswagen’s yard, the truth is that the entire car industry is responsible (to a greater or lesser extent) for cheating regulations to reduce pollutant emissions.

Thus, the Dieselgate scandal a lovit in all major car manufacturers (except those specializing exclusively in electric vehicles), subsequent investigations reveal all sorts of “non combat” arrangements in which a manufacturer undertakes (unofficially, of course) not to point the finger at the rival manufacturer when it was about fooling or forcing emissions legislation, with the idea that all parties involved would ultimately benefit.

Following proven allegations of falsifying pollutant emissions through the use of dedicated software, capable of switching car operation in a manner in accordance with current standards only when the car is on the test stand (eg at the ITP test), further investigations have revealed reveal coordinated measures between the various car manufacturers and to “limit” other technologies and systems aimed at reducing emissions from diesel engines.

For example, BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen they came to an arragement to limit the capacity of the AdBlue tank, the autonomy of the vehicles and even the handling of the average consumption, going so far as to share very technical details regarding the ECO capabilities of the engines placed on the vehicles. The aim would be to ensure a minimum level of compliance with anti-pollution regulations, but without reaching the full potential allowed by current technologies, using overly sophisticated or expensive anti-emission devices, which would significantly reduce the anticipated profit.

In other words, the main players in the automotive industry could have complied with the increasingly stringent requirements to reduce pollutant emissions associated with diesel engines, but they chose not to do so, either by acting on their own or through hidden agreements.

By revealing the existence of the cartel arrangement between BMW and Volkswagen, the Daimler group avoided possibly the largest individual fine of € 727 million for the same allegations of subversive practices against the application of anti-pollution regulations. Instead, the Volkswagen Group is chosen with a “reduced” penalty (-45%) for cooperation in investigations, with EU authorities imposing a € 502 million fine last month. BMW is chosen with a fine of EUR 372 million for cooperating in the same scheme to limit the effectiveness of SCR systems, which are responsible for polluting emissions from cars equipped with direct injection engines.

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