German ministry says 774000 Mercedes cars contain unauthorized software

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

German Regulator Found Defeat Devices In Daimler Diesel Cars

This recall follows after Scheuer met Mercedes-Benz chairman, Dieter Zetsche, in Berlin to discuss what has been described as "irregularities in independent test results of various Mercedes-Benz models featuring the German auto maker's turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine".

The Mercedes-Benz star is displayed on the front of a Mercedes-Benz vehicle at the annual news conference of German auto giant Daimler AG in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, on February 1, 2018.

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 main offenders in this case are diesel-powered versions of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, GLC SUV as well as Vito commercial vehicle. Germany's transportation minister met with Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche on Monday before announcing the recall.

The ordered recall follows Daimler's decision to voluntarily recall three million vehicles in the European Union previous year to perform software updates and improve emissions performance.

Daimler has pledged to work on removing the software and to cooperate with authorities, the ministry said.

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Europe-wide some 774,000 vehicles are affected, the ministry said.

It came on the back of a May missive from the KBA, which ordered Daimler to recall 4923 Vito vans that had been sold despite not meeting compliance regulations, while it "voluntarily" recalled three million cars under KBA pressure to improve emissions performance.

In a separate statement, Daimler confirmed the recall and said the question over the legality of the software would still need to be clarified.

In contrast to the Volkswagon emission scandal of 2015 - which led to VW admitting to intentionally designing engines to circumvent emissions testing - Daimler has not admitted to any wrongdoing.

Just two months ago in April, Zetsche said Mercedes-Benz customers are showing more confidence in diesel by continuing to buy them in significant numbers.

Evercore ISI analyst Arndt Ellinghorst predicted the costs for the required software update for Daimler would be less than 100million euros (£88million).

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