BMW, VW And Mercedes To Update Emissions Software On 5.3 Million Diesels

VW, BMW and Daimler have reached an agreement with German authorities to update 5.3 million cars with Euro 5 and Euro 6 diesel engines to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions.

Auto Express reports that the three automakers will apply a simple software tweak to reduce emission levels by 25 to 30 per cent. VW accounts for the majority of the cars in question, 3.8 million to be exact, while 900,000 come from Daimler and the remaining 300,000 are BMW models.

The software update will be free of charge to owners and if customers of older and heavily-polluting diesels want, an incentive scheme has been established to allow them to trade in their vehicles for a newer and more efficient alternative.

In a statement discussing the software update, chairman of the board of management at BMW, Harald Krueger said “The meeting [between BMW and German authorities] was an important step. We support the initiative and are investing in the Sustainable Urban Mobility fund. State-of-the art diesels will definitely play an important role in future mobility as well.”

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  • Six_Tymes

    oh, that again.

  • xDRAN0x

    How much HP will the engines loose?

    • BobV12

      25 to 30% xD

      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        That’s a good increase!

  • Michelin

    German government agree with german cars makers.
    And foreign cars makers are they still against german low ??
    German Connection with government involved in the cartel ??

  • SO MUCH FOR VW BEING THE ONLY VILLAIN IN THE STORY.

    • Christian Wimmer

      There is no evidence that BMW or Mercedes’ used software to cheat emissions. The issue is that BMW and Mercedes’ diesels emit more pollution in real-world-conditions than they do on paper and in those silly EU laboratory tests.

      It’s really pathetic how people in Europe are acting so surprised about this, because under different real-world-conditions it’s to be expected that this will occur. I’m surprised nobody has cried for their mama yet when they find out that their cars consume more fuel than what is printed in the brochure…

      • I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR SAYING. I WAS JUST POINTING OUT THAT IF THE OTHERS AGREED TO UPDATE THEIR SOFTWARE IT’S NOT JUST TO BE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY.

        • Christian Wimmer

          Yeah, the situation in Europe right now is one of hysteria. Automobile brands are under a lot of pressure to do anything they can to make their cars “cleaner”, hence this voluntary software update. 🙂

          For diesel cars, though, I believe the solution is to use larger urea tanks to ensure larger distances between urea fill-ups and handle diesel exhausts. It’s proven very effective with trucks in the EU, so why not cars. 🙂

  • Bash

    With a software update.

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