Things may be about to get really bad for BMW. Germany’s motor transport authority, KBA, has started proceedings against BMW over suspicions the automaker manipulated emissions results in its X3 2.0-liter diesel models, according to Reuters. It’s a similar situation to Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal that rocked the automotive industry nearly 10 years ago.
“BMW was obviously very clever with the emissions trick, which is why it took so long to find something,” a source told Bild.
This isn’t BMW’s first issue with emissions, according to Bild:
BMW has so far gotten off lightly in the diesel affair. While Volkswagen had to pay billions in fines and compensation due to millions of emissions fraud, the BMW paint was hardly scratched.
The Munich public prosecutor’s office closed an investigation against BMW in 2019. “The allegation of fraud has not been confirmed,” the authority said at the time. The Munich car manufacturer allegedly mistakenly used incorrect software in some models. For the alleged mishap, BMW got away with a fine of 8.5 million euros .
However, this current issue BMW is facing with the KBA could end up costing it a hell of a lot more money.
An authority spokesman confirmed to BILD: “The KBA market surveillance initiated hearing proceedings against BMW in August 2023. It is about the suspicion of an inadmissible shutdown device in the engine control of an X3 2 l diesel. The emission type approvals in question were issued at the time by the Irish Type Approval Authority. The Irish approval authority NSAI and the KBA are in close contact.”
It goes on to say: “This is an ongoing procedure, the conclusion (decision) of which cannot be predicted given the evaluation of existing measurement results, the hearing of the manufacturer and further measurements and analyses.”
Jalopnik has reached out to BMW for comment, and we will update this story when and if it responds.
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