Mercedes Offices Raid By Prosecutors In Diesel Investigation

The Stuttgart prosecutor’s office has raided several Daimler facilities in Germany as part of its ongoing investigation into the company’s diesel engines.

Mercedes says it is “fully cooperating with the authorities” and “cannot comment any further on the ongoing preliminary investigations.” However, the company confirmed the searches are “due to suspicion of fraud and criminal advertising relating to the possible manipulation of exhaust gas after-treatment in passenger cars with diesel engines.”

Reuters reports authorities are searching eleven different locations in a massive effort that involves 23 prosecutors as well as around 230 staff members and police officers.

While the German investigation continues, Mercedes is also facing scrutiny from the United States Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Air Resources Board. The automaker has warned this particular investigation could result in significant penalties as well as a recall.

Due to the increasing pressure, Mercedes abandoned its effort to sell 2017 models equipped with diesel engines in the United States. At the time, Mercedes-Benz USA spokesman Rob Moran said “We constantly review our portfolio offerings and make adjustments to meet immediate customer need. Combined with the increased effort to certify diesel engines in the U.S., we have put the certification process for diesel passenger cars on hold.”

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  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Where’s Das Fraud! when you need him?

    • KidRed

      He’s at Fiat headquarters.

      • Obsequious Lickspittle


  • Thando_Gqabaza

    Whatever happens , nobody can now say that this is some American plot against the Germans , since this is on home turf.

    • Merc1

      That could never be said since VW got caught cheating in many different markets. I just hope Mercedes wasn’t cheating too.


    • Galaxium

      I was pretty annoyed when Volkswagen diehards were claiming that it was a conspiracy by US auto brands to attack VW, when in reality it was a bunch of college students who were independently investigating NOx emissions for an engineering project, and later reported it to the media.

  • Bobby Ang

    What nonsense. When was the last time a shampoo or toothpaste manufacturer raided for not delivering what they advertise? Car making industry is one of the most transparent, least profitable, and contributes the most to job markets, yet always come under the radar of stupid government officials. Car makers should fight back and go “So you wanna fuck with me? Ok, I’ll move production to China.”

    • Galaxium

      Looking beyond your skepticism, just wait for what happens to Mercedes. The German government will decide whether or not they also participated in emission meddling.

    • pureworx

      its not about “not delivering what they advertise” its about breaking rules and regs in place to benefit the populations health..

  • Patrick

    all these governments saw how profitable vw was in prosecuting, now its everyone else’s turn

  • getoffme

    The witch hunt of diesels has begun!

  • Christian Wimmer

    If the government(s) truly cared about our health they could start by banning smoking in public, trans-fats and sugar in literally every food product. But they don’t. Cigarettes provide revenue (taxed here in Germany) and the sugar/trans-fat lobby has the government(s) by the balls. Everyone profits, except the consumer of these products.

    As a car enthusiast, it pains me to say this, but if governments wanted to truly do something for the environment they’d FORCE us to drive small to medium-sized cars engineered for fuel economy (and no driving fun) and they’d add speed limits everywhere. That would make a difference – and it’s a nightmare for us car enthusiasts! That and more investments in cleaner public transportation.

    Diesel-powered cars have their place. The idiots who are calling for a Diesel ban are the same type of people who, once Diesels are banned, will call for the elimination of gasoline-powered cars from the streets.

    • pureworx

      i think diesel should be removed from use in private passenger vehicles.. but i would never support a gasoline ban.. not until something better and more friendly was available and no that is ot electric battery cars.. hydrogen maybe but that is still decades away..

      as for you argument about public smoking.. there are rules against that in the uk.. you can’t smoke in a public place or indoors.. smoking areas have to be provided.. also by taxing cigs its pushin them out of budget for must buyers.. then we have that horrible packaging.. again i don’t understand why people smoke.. does it feel good to have breath like shit?



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