Defeat devices reportedly found in diesel Daimlers

Defeat devices reportedly found in diesel Daimlers

For their part, German firms have announced dozens of new electric and hybrid models for the coming years in a bid to bring down emissions of both greenhouse gas Carbon dioxide - the original reason they turned to diesel - and of harmful NOx.

Daimler said it would fully cooperate to remove the technology that's now in the firing line.

Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, has been ordered to recall some 774,000 vehicles in Europe after German transportation officials allegedly found up to five illegal emissions control devices on a handful of cars. However, Germany's road vehicle authority, the KBA, has taken issue with the emission control features amid suspicion they allow vehicles to emit excess pollution without detection.

Daimler said last month it would appeal against an order by the KBA to recall the Mercedes van Vito 1.6l Diesel Euro 6 model, following a transport ministry investigation.

It relates to four-cylinder turbo-diesel engines fitted to Euro6-compatible 220d variants of the C-class and GLC SUV, as well as the Vito van. A Daimler spokesperson told German language newspaper Bild am Sonntag, who first reported the story, that the automaker was "cooperating to a full extent and transparently with the KBA and the federal transport ministry".

Mercedes-Benz NZ had no comment to make on the German recall.

"In addition, Daimler explains that with maximum processing speed and in cooperative transparency with the authorities, the applications in the engine control system objected to by the federal government are eliminated", Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer said in a statement.

Daimler head of communications Jorg Howe confirmed the recall, but the company has not specifically admitted wrongdoing. Even today it insisted that "Open legal questions will be clarified in the objection proceedings".

Carmakers use software to manage exhaust emissions filtering and engine performance.

The auto industry's diesel emissions scandal continues to spread its noxious tentacles. VW was found to have so-called "cheat" devices installed in 11 million vehicles, which kept NOx levels low during laboratory tests but then switched off in normal driving.

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