German officials probing Mercedes find no sign of illegal software to manipulate emissions

German officials probing carmaker Mercedes-Benz, which is owned by Daimler, have found no signs so far that the carmaker made use of illegal software to manipulate emissions, a government spokesman said on 14 July, 2017.

Daimler said based on current information available to the carmaker they would fight allegations about using an illegal software defeat device with all legal means.

The Stuttgart-based carmaker was summoned for a meeting on 13 July, 2017 to address allegations that it had sold more than a million cars with excessive emissions in Europe and the United States.

German magazine Der Spiegel on Friday said, without citing sources, that officials from Germany's vehicle certification authority KBA believe Mercedes-Benz may have diesel cars equipped with an illegal defeat device, and that KBA is optimistic it can deliver proof.

Upon being asked about the article in Der Spiegel, a KBA spokesman said, "We need to wait for the results of investigation to be published." KBA reports to Germany's transport ministry.

The report comes after the company introduced The Mercedes-Benz X-class which will be the carmaker’s first pickup truck will be unveiled in production form of 18 July 2017. The new Mercedes X-class pickup has been developed in what is said to be a three-way joint venture with parent company Daimler’s alliance partner Renault–Nissan.

With inputs from Reuters

Published Date: Jul 14, 2017 20:33 PM | Updated Date: Jul 14, 2017 20:33 PM