Prosecutors in Germany have fined Daimler AG €870 million ($958 million) for rigging Mercedes-Benz vehicles to evade European emission limits.
German vehicle authority KBA says the “negligent violation” fine relates to 684,000 Mercedes-Benz cars, vans and SUVs with excessive nitrogen oxide emissions. The violations date back to 2008.
In the last two years, Daimler has been ordered to update or replace illegal emission control software in nearly 3.8 million diesel-powered vehicles in Europe.
Daimler continues to deny any cheating, but it won’t appeal the fine. The carmaker says the penalty won’t significantly impact third-quarter earnings.
Daimler’s fine follows similar rulings this summer against Volkswagen AG’s Porsche unit and Bosch GmbH. Porsche was fined €535 million ($599 million). Bosch must pay €90 million ($101 million) for its role in developing software used to cheat the emissions tests.
For conducting business in the U.S. market, Toyota has historically had several separate business entities: a sales and distribution company headquartered in California (Toyota Motor Sales, USA); manufacturing operations (Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America); a racing subsidiary (Toyota Racing Development, USA); the Toyota Technical Center for R&D in Ann Arbor; and a design facility in California (Calty Design Research, Inc.). On April 1, 2006, Toyota merged its R&D operations and its manufacturing operations into a single company.
Dan Nicholson is vice president of General Motors Global Propulsion Systems, the organization that had been “GM Powertrain” for 24 years.
The little car that could still can. And this time as a car that not only gets great fuel economy, but which has ride and handling that makes it more than an econo-box (and its styling is anything but boxy).