Specifically, the Fee believes BMW, Daimler and VW coordinated their AdBlue dosing methods and delayed using Otto Particle Filters. AdBlue is a urea product that is meant to cut back dangerous nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel passenger vehicles. The Fee believes the three producers restricted AdBlue-consumption between 2006 and 2014, primarily resulting in extra noxious emissions. In addition they suspect BMW, Daimler and VW labored collectively to keep away from introducing Otto Particulate Filters — which are supposed to cut back particulate emissions from the exhaust of petrol passenger vehicles — on fashions between 2009 and 2014.
In fact, it would not look good that at roughly the identical time, VW was within the midst of “Dieselgate” and was promoting vehicles with software program designed to throw off the Environmental Safety Company’s stringent emissions assessments. The corporate has already been federally indicted within the US, and earlier this month, the US Securities and Trade Fee added that it is charging VW and its former CEO Martin Winterkorn for defrauding US buyers.
Subsequent, BMW, Daimler and VW have a chance to enchantment the EU’s suspicions in writing and to request an oral listening to. If the Fee nonetheless believes the events violated antitrust guidelines, the automakers may very well be fined as much as 10 p.c of their annual worldwide income. The danger is that the businesses would possibly improve costs as a way to adjust to these fines. Finally, shoppers might bear the brunt of this punishment — along with struggling the results of higher-than-necessary emissions.