European Union commissioner urges Volkswagen to do more amid emission scandal

European Union commissioner urges Volkswagen to do more amid emission scandal

The move comes in the wake of the 2015 Volkswagen "dieselgate" scandal, which saw the German carmaker - which owns the Audi brand - fined by the US Environmental Protection Agency for installing software created to get around emissions tests in a number of its vehicle models.

Volkswagen and Daimler declined to comment on Friday and BMW was not available to comment.

After all, if all that's needed is a bit of software, why didn't the cars arrive with it in the first place if the performed as well with it? "It is premature at this stage to speculate further", the European Union executive said, without giving more details.

With pollution from cars and diesel engines becoming a sensitive subject both internationally and within Germany, and with just two months until national elections, the government has been mulling a potential total ban of diesel vehicles in major German cities, including its capital Berlin, and Stuttgart, which is the home of auto giants Porsche and Mercedes.

The German auto manufacturer Audi AG has announce that it will recall up to 850,000 cars with six-cylinder and eight-cylinder diesel engines worldwide except the United States and Canada, to improve emissions of those cars.

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This decision comes days after Daimler announced a similar move to recall around 3 million Mercedes-Benz cars. The collusion began in the mid-1990s and continued until recently, according to Der Spiegel, which said it had seen documents that were part of an antitrust investigation.

The alleged aim? To suspend competition in everything from vehicle development and engines, to suppliers and diesel emissions systems. Though, during these times when the urea injection shut of, the diesels were emitting more than the allowed Carbon dioxide emissions.

Since 2006, the builders would be met many times to determine the size of the tanks of Adblue, an additive which allows to reduce the polluting emissions of nitrogen oxide.

VW has been hit hard during this scandal in markets around the world, starting with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency charging the German automaker with cheating on diesel emissions reporting through rigged software in September 2015. But now it's possible BMW, an entirely separate company, may have colluded with the various Volkswagen Group brands to fix the price of diesel emissions systems and other parts. Germany's Federal Cartel Office is investigating the matter, and previously looked at six companies previous year regarding collusion on steel prices.

According to Der Spiegel (via Politico), the only way to bring the diesel-powered cars into compliance with emissions requirements was "manipulation".