Daimler is off the hook, the other two companies are fined millions
We currently suspect a strong lavender smell in Brussels, because the Volkswagen Group (Audi, Porsche and VW), BMW and Daimler have been found guilty of cartel formation. Volkswagen and BMW will receive a hefty fine, but Daimler will not. The parent company of Mercedes escapes the risk because it reported the cartel to the European Commission. And that while they would receive the highest fine.
The three companies had technology for cleaner diesel engines, but jointly decided not to use it. They mutually agreed on the size of the AdBlue tank and the AdBlue consumption. As a result of these agreements, they did not have to compete with each other. Competing companies that make illegal agreements is also known as cartel formation. It’s not about recent violations. The EU’s investigation ran from 2009 to 2014, but these kinds of lawsuits simply take a long time.
The amount of the fines
Daimler faced a fine of 727 million euros, but the carmaker will receive full immunity, reports the European Commission. Volkswagen has to pay a fine of 502 million euros. The fine for Volkswagen was almost twice as high, but because they worked so well together, they got a 45 percent discount. BMW has to pay 372 million euros.