Mercedes-Benz is the latest German automaker to be accused of cheating on diesel emissions tests.
Lobby group Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) has said that it has tests showing vehicles made by German automakers, including those from Daimler and Mercedes-Benz, significantly exceeded limits on nitrogen oxide emissions. In response, Daimler has released a statement saying “We sharply deny the allegation that we manipulated our cars during emissions tests. We never did and do not now use a defeat device.”
The company added that it is unaware of any data that shows its vehicles emit more emissions than the legal limits and is willing to have any of its vehicles tested.
Automakers with diesel engines have become the center of attention after Volkswagen admitted to using a defeat device to cheat emissions tests. The EPA alleges that Volkswagen TDI models emit anywhere from 10 to 40 times more nitrogen oxide than the legal limit. It is unclear whether U.S. federal regulators will force other automakers to have their vehicles tested to determine whether or not they did cheat.
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