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Thu Jul 8, 2021, 11:41 AM

EU fines German car makers $1B over emission collusion

Source: AP

By DAVID McHUGH and RAF CASERT

BRUSSELS (AP) ó The European Union handed down $1 billion in fines to major German car manufacturers Thursday, saying they colluded to limit the development and rollout of car emission-control systems.

Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen along with its Audi and Porsche divisions avoided competing on technology to restrict pollution from gasoline and diesel passenger cars, the EUís executive commission said. Daimler wasnít fined after it revealed the cartel to the European Commission.

It was the first time the European Commission imposed collusion fines on holding back the use of technical developments, not a more traditional practice like price fixing.

EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said that even though the companies had the technology to cut harmful emissions beyond legal limits, they resisted competition and denied consumers the chance to buy less polluting cars.



FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 file photo commuters wait in traffic during the morning rush hour in Brussels. The European Union on Thursday, July 8, 2021 has fined four major German car manufacturers one 1 billion US dollars in fines because they colluded to limit the development and roll-out of car emission control systems. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)


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mahatmakanejeeves Jul 8 #1

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Thu Jul 8, 2021, 03:14 PM

1. Don't they buy the systems from Bosch?

I'm wondering how much development they do in-house.

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