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BMW headquarters in Munich and company premises in Austria were searched and potential evidence was seized, the prosecutors office in Munich said.
Germany's Motor Transport Authority KBA was in touch with Munich prosecutors in late February about two BMW models that allegedly used so-called defeat devices, prosecutors said. At the time, the luxury car maker said the software was installed erroneously and launched a recall of about 11,400 cars.
originally posted by: Plotus
" At the time, the luxury car maker said the software was installed erroneously and launched a recall of about 11,400 cars."
Not even plausible deniability. Riddle me this..... why was a defeat device ever manufactured if not to be used.
Erroneously ........ I think NOT.
originally posted by: DrBobH
it’s not just the emissions that are the scandal - the fix has impacted the fuel economy of the vehicles significantly. Last year they were quoting 5-6% but this article in Auto Express reckons upto 14% for a Golf.
Given the Golf diesel can have a combined MPG of 70 that’s a drop in efficiency of 10 MPG which is huge!
Edit: so not only lying about emissions but economy too. Double fraud.
originally posted by: AndyFromMichigan
Opel (owned by General Motors) struggled because they were one of the few companies that didn't cheat!
originally posted by: nepatitan
a reply to: rickymouse
I worked as a Audi technician for 14 years, from my experience the majority of emission issues back then (1998-2012) was the secondary air system and vacuum leaks. The rubber and plastic in German car engines was very brittle, it would literally break off in pieces while working on engines. Secondary air would just pump extra air into the exhaust during start up until the engine would lean out. Another issue was the vapor recovery system but that was more gas fumes not being contained. I remember when the VW defeat device came out in to the public eye and thinking that its so easy to hide that in software for that long. We did so many ecu updates I can't begin to imagine what we were actually installing in those cars.