The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) ordered the recall for more than 11,000 of the luxury BMW models on Friday. Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer said "inadmissible defeat devices are to be removed" from the engine controls. To date, BMW has denied involvement in the diesel emissions scandal that has hit German competitor VW since 2015 when the Wolfsburg auto giant admitted to test-cheating software in millions of its vehicles. The recall affecting the BMW 750 3.0 Diesel Euro 6 and BMW M550 3.0 Diesel Euro 6 models follows an admission by the Munich carmaker in February that the vehicles released more harmful emissions on the road than in the laboratory testing station. Raid and a lawsuit Prosecutors raided BMW headquarters earlier in March saying they had launched a preliminary investigation into suspected diesel-emission fraud, expressing reason to believe 11,400 cars could have been equipped with the "inadmissible defeat devices." On Tuesday, US law firm Hagens … [Read more...] about German authorities order BMW to recall 11,000 cars over diesel emissions
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Monkeys were crammed into small rooms into which nitrogen dioxide was channeled. And humans too were exposed to higher levels of the same gas. The experiments were done on behalf of or sponsored by a research group of the German auto industry. This certainly conjures up terrible memories in the minds of many people who may think of the gas chambers in Auschwitz-Birkenau and elsewhere. Or they may think of the Nazi's T4 campaign during which 70,000 handicapped people were gassed. In short, memories of the darkest chapter in German history. Who would have thought that Germany's showcase industry could fall even deeper after Volkswagen's emissions-cheating scandal that started in the US and has since spread to other carmakers; or after revelations about massive collusion among German carmakers uncovered by Der Spiegel magazine last summer? Crisis rituals work splendidly Of course, you have to get all the details first to be able to assess what exactly happened to the humans … [Read more...] about Opinion: Car industry going from bad to worse?
BERLIN (Reuters) - The German economy narrowly avoided an expected slip into recession in the third quarter as consumers, state spending and construction drove a 0.1% quarterly expansion in Europe’s largest economy. On an annual basis, German gross domestic product expanded 0.5% from July through September after a 0.3% expansion in the previous three months, seasonally adjusted figures from the Federal Statistics Office showed on Thursday. “The German economy got away with a black eye: the technical recession could be avoided,” Deka bank analyst Andreas Scheuerle said. But he added that it is still too early to give the all-clear. The economy is “suffering from enormous global political uncertainty” and its flagship industry, the automobile sector, is not running smoothly anymore, Scheuerle said. Manufacturers, whose exports have been a bedrock of German economic strength for decades, are struggling with weaker foreign demand, tariff disputes sparked … [Read more...] about ‘Suffering’ German economy narrowly escapes recession in third quarter
German automotive giants Daimler and BMW said Wednesday they reached agreement on bringing car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow under one roof to create a European behemoth with around 4 million users to take on competitors such as Uber. "We will not leave the task of shaping the future of urban mobility to others," Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said of the planned merger, which still requires approval from competition authorities. "Both automotive manufacturers aim to shape the mobility of the future with this move, but will remain competitors in their respective core businesses." Wide range of cars Car2Go and DriveNow allows clients to rent Daimler's Smart cars and BMW's Minis as well as the two group's flagship Mercedes and BMW vehicles, which they can pick up and park wherever is convenient, rather than at a rental location. Combined, the two heavyweights boast some 20,000 car-sharing vehicles in 30 cities across Europe and North America and an Asian foothold in Chongqing, China. … [Read more...] about Daimler, BMW to merge car-sharing operations
Germany's Bild newspaper cited a 58-page US laboratory report and accompanying emails Wednesday indicating that a VW Beetle's exhaust fumes piped to monkeys inside cabinets over four hours were worse than exhaust gases from a Ford pickup truck. The result was the opposite, said Bild, of what the since-disbanded European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector (EUGT) had expected from the testing at Albuquerque in the US state of New Mexico. The newer Beetle, allegedly fitted with "defeat" software to obscure its motor's nitrogen oxide output, was supposed to emerge "cleaner" and "healthier." See more: Bild article including photo of the cars tested Instead, monkeys who inhaled VW fumes showed a higher degree of bronchial inflammation in blood and endoscope samples. Watch video 01:51 Share German carmakers accused of poison gas tests Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg … [Read more...] about Car exhaust monkey test backfires on VW, German carmakers