Daimler faces scrutiny of 120,000 Vito, C-Class diesels -BamS
FRANKFURT, May 27 (Reuters) - Daimler faces an
investigation of 40,000 diesel Vito vans and 80,000 C-Class
model cars for possible illicit software that allowed the
vehicles to emit excess pollution without detection, Bild am
Sonntag reported, citing no sources.
Daimler has submitted a software update for the engines for
regulatory approval, the German weekly paper said on Sunday.
The report comes after German motor authority KBA this week
ordered Daimler to recall around 6,300 Vito vans fitted with 1.6
litre diesel Euro-6 engines globally because of engine control
features to reduce exhaust emissions which KBA said breached
The carmaker reiterated it was cooperating fully with KBA
but would appeal against the Vito recall decision and fight it
in court, if necessary.
German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer has summoned
Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche to a meeting at the
ministry scheduled for Monday to discuss the Vito recall.
Daily Bild reported on Friday that Daimler also faces a
recall order for more than 600,000 diesel-engine vehicles
including C-Class and G-Class models.
Since rival Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to
cheating U.S. emissions tests, German carmakers including VW,
Daimler and BMW have faced a backlash against diesel
technology in which they have invested billions of euros.
(Reporting by Maria Sheahan
Additional reporting by Edward Taylor
Editing by Marguerita Choy)
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