BMW's Defense

Striking a blow for diesel engines

No longer everybody's darling. Picture source: DPA

German carmakers are so worried about the besmirched image of diesel engines that even BMW, which has so far not faced any accusations over emissions manipulation, has rallied to the defense of rivals Volkswagen and Daimler with a plea to “stop rubbishing” the technology.

Harald Krüger, BMW’s chief executive, on Thursday used the company’s annual general meeting in hometown Munich – which could soon see a city-center ban on diesel – to call for an end to debates unnecessarily “unsettling” current and potential owners of diesel-powered cars.

Volkswagen late 2015 admitted to installing “cheat software” to manipulate nitrogen-oxide emissions values in diesel vehicles and to date has agreed to pay some $25 billion in the United States to settle the scandal. Other European automakers have come under scrutiny since then – Daimler is being investigated by German prosecutors.


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