600,000 Diesel Mercedes Cars May Have Cheat Device


Over 600,000 diesel Mercedes-Benz C-Class and G-Class vehicles may have been fitted with an illegal cheat device, the German government alleges.

According to Der Spiegel, KBA, the German transport authority,  is looking into suspicions that diesel C-Class sedans and G-Class SUVs were fitted with a device designed to manipulate exhaust emissions levels.

Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz,  did not want to provide a comment for the Der Spiegel report. It said it had not been formally summoned to the German transport ministry over allegations related to theC-Class and G-Class, however.

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The report surfaced shortly after Mercedes was accused of using a cheat device in diesel versions of its Vito van, which has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine manufactured by Renault. The French carmaker was suspected of fitting cheat devices to a number of its diesel cars in 2016, but has denied the allegations thus far. German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer summoned Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche to the ministry Monday over suspicions related to the Vito van.

The KBA has ordered the recalled of roughly 6,300 Vito van units.

[SourceL: Der Spiegel]

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