The Daimler group of vehicles and its subsidiary Mercedes-Benz are paying a settlement of USD 1.5 billion in the United States for fraud involving car emissions.
About 250,000 cars and vans emitted more diesel engines than the company prevented. According to the US authorities, the use of so-called cheating software violated environmental laws.
The settlement was reached with the US Department of Justice and environmental regulator EPA. The deal has yet to be approved by the courts.
Hundreds of millions more
The German company Daimler thinks it will have to spend a further USD 700 million to settle a mass claim from consumers who have been harmed in the USA. The German company Daimler expects to have to spend a further USD 700 million to deal with a mass claim from aggrieved consumers in the US. The multinational also expects to incur costs of hundreds of millions more in order to comply with the settlement requirements.
In Germany, it was fined last year for using cheating software. Even then, there were additional costs because hundreds of thousands of cars had to be returned to the garage.
In the past, Volkswagen settled for USD 2.8 billion in the US because of its part in the diesel scandal. The Italian-American car manufacturer Fiat Chrysler also paid hundreds of millions of dollars in fines and settlements for cheating software.