Damn! Last month’s cue for Mercedes’ 40-year celebrations with the G-Class has succumbed to a halt thanks to a threat of facing a $1,117 billion (€1bn) fine over emissions software cheating.
Celebrations cut short then for one of the uppermost brands in the automotive world, and currently the fastest four-wheeler in Formula One. Not only jubilant about the 40-year anniversary of the reliable G-Class but Mercedes also marked 125 years in motorsports.
Sadly, 2019 will be a year to remember and one to forget for the Germans. AUTOCAR.com reported the culprits from Stuttgart, Daimler AG, the parent company of Merc, are at risk of a fine ranging between $893 million $1,117 billion.
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"Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler is facing a fine ranging from €800 million (£740m) to €1 billion (£925m) for diesel emission-related violations. A fine of up to €5000 per vehicle is being considered by the Stuttgart public prosecutor, the German magazine claims. (via: AUTOCAR)"
The bad batch fitted with the falsified equipment is the C-Class and E-Class diesel models, as well the C220 CDI and E220 CDI. This totals 280,000 vehicles that will be recalled for the emission to be adjusted to pass the European Union laws it’s trying to bypass.
The problem with this?
The problem with this is a big problem as we try to achieve a greener planet. Mercedes stand strongly behind delivering the best quality. This time they didn’t.
"The software is claimed to allow diesel-powered C- and E-Class models to achieve lower NOx and CO2 emissions in controlled climatic conditions at pre-set speeds on a rolling road during testing than in practice on public roads.In June, the German motor vehicle authority ordered Daimler to recall 60,000 GLK diesels, bringing the total number of diesel vehicles recalled by the German car maker in relation to software irregularities to more than 760,000."
Minor setback for Mercedes-Benz
To me, you and the average man, the fine of over a billion dollars is a dept we would never be able to pay before we leave this earth. However, for a company like Mercedes, it could be a small setback.
Nonetheless, in saying this, they could be in danger of this being a problem on more than just the above-mentioned models being recalled.