Emissions cheat declared in 774K Mercedes-Benz vehicles

Germany discovers ?illegal? devices that may be in 1M Mercedes diesels - Autoblog

Germany discovers ?illegal? devices that may be in 1M Mercedes diesels - Autoblog

Diesels have been under heavy scrutiny since United States authorities caught Volkswagen using illegal engine control software that turned off diesel emission controls in everyday driving.

Mercedes-Benz is recalling 774,000 diesel models in Europe, including examples of its GLC-Class SUV.

"The government will order 238,000 Daimler vehicles to be immediately recalled Germany wide because of unauthorised defeat devices", the Ministry said.

Germany ordered Monday the recall of some 774,000 vehicles from Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler across Europe, citing illegal "defeat devices" created to hide high levels of harmful emissions from regulators´ tests.

The diesel versions of the Mercedes C-Class, Vito and GLC models are the main ones affected, the ministry said.

German transport minister Andreas Scheuer said the ministry and Daimler had "negotiated intensively for many hours" on Monday.

It's now unclear how many models in the United Kingdom are impacted.

Zetsche or Daimler didn't say anything about what the company's software may be created to do, but it's the second large fix for the automaker in as many years.

The software cheat in question is the much-reported "Thermal Switches" which Daimler, Opel, PSA and others have used as a loophole to pass NOx emission requirements at laboratory temperatures. For Mercedes-Benz, that means its cars switched off the emissions controls below nine degrees and above 26 degrees to guarantee its systems would survive over the vehicle's lifespan.

German authorities say Mercedes-Benz software reduces AdBlue injections after a certain period of time driving.

Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche said on Monday that the carmaker had found a technical solution for updating the software on its vehicles, and he therefore expected the company would avoid a fine.

Evercore ISI analyst Arndt Ellinghorst predicted the costs for the required software update for Daimler would be less than 100 million euros ($118 million).

'We don't see any evidence that Daimler was designing software to deliberately cheat on emission testing, ' he said.

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