Mercedes is facing fines of up to £1 billion over claims from Germany’s KBA that emissions on C-Class and E-Class Mercedes were fixed.
You’d have thought the fallout from VW’s Dieselgate crisis in 2015 would have finished resonating across the car world by now. But far from it.
Now it seems that Mercedes is back in the firing line over diesel emissions in Germany, with Der Spiegel claiming Germany’s KBA is likely to impose fines on Mercedes of up to £1 billion for dodgy emissions on 280,000 Mercedes C-Class and E-Class models.
Back in 2017, Mercedes recalled three million diesel-engined cars for a software update to ‘fix’ emissions, and in 2018 774,000 Mercedes C-Class, GLC and Vito models were recalled to remove emission control devices, although these were negotiated settlements.
But now it looks like Mercedes is going to be hit in the pocket in the latest wave of claims, joining an elite group of car companies already heavily fined for diesel emission manipulation, including VW, Audi, Porsche and Bosch.
Der Speigel claims the KBA has ordered Mercedes to recall 280,000 C-Class and E-Class models, and intends imposing fines of up to €5k per car – a fine which could hit £1 billion – because a device which controlled emissions in tests, but not in the real world, was fitted to the cars.
And the beat goes on.