Aoife White Bloomberg Published 4:47 PM EDT Apr 5, 2019 The European Union accelerated a probe into Volkswagen AG, Daimler AG and BMW AG over suspected collusion that could have delayed clean-emissions technology for cars. The European Commission said it sent the companies a statement of objections, laying out allegations that the German automakers participated in a cartel to limit or delay two types of technology for diesel and petrol cars, according to an emailed statement Friday. Companies can contest the charges before the EU makes a final decision, which usually brings heavy fines. VW, Daimler and BMW may have colluded through technical talks on selective catalytic reduction systems between 2006 and 2014. Their coordination may have limited the AdBlue fluid added to diesel cars, reducing the effectiveness of a technology aiming to reduce nitrogen-oxide emissions from diesel cars. Talks over “Otto” particulate filters used in gasoline engines between 2009 and 2014 likely delayed the introduction of the product, the EU said. “European consumers may have been denied the opportunity to buy cars with the best available technology,” EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in the statement. While companies can cooperate to develop better cars, EU rules “do not allow… Read full this story
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