The European Commission doubts that the three German car giants between 2006 and 2014 limited the competition in developing technologies to reduce emissions of car, gasoline and diesel pollutants. After sending these "complaints" to the builders, they will now be able to respond to those complaints.
BMW, accused of Volkswagen and Daimler, who agreed to avoid competing on low-emission technologies, said he should cut his car range for "1 to 1.5 percentage points" in 2019.
"Companies can work in many ways to improve the quality of their products."
For now, the Commission is only in the phase of a thorough investigation following the submission of objections to the three groups.
The Commission finally reminds that if it contains sufficient evidence of the existence of a breach, it may impose a fine of up to 10% of the annual turnover of the undertakings concerned.
Contacted by AFP Group Volkswagen confirms that he has received a document from the Commission, to which he will answer only after he has been evaluated, "as part of the cooperation "with Brussels.
The cart agreement referred to "selective catalytic reduction systems".
This agreement " consumers have the opportunity to buy cleaner cars while technology is available to manufacturers".
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The Commission emphasizes that this investigation relates only to respect for competition law, not to possible violations of environmental legislation.
The investigation is also "different from other ongoing investigations, including those conducted by government departments and other bodies against the car manufacturer due to the use of illegal cancellation devices to counteract regulatory" Dieselgate. "
Brussels can impose huge fines on companies that are mutually compatible with the competition and the consumer, and the record was reached on 19 July 2016.
BMW announced he would leave the sidecertainly more than a billion euros "Provisions for legal risks stemming from these allegations, believing that" the European Commission will most likely impose a significant fine ".