The European Commission (EC) has started an in-depth investigation into the possible agreement between the main German car manufacturers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen to abandon the development of anti-pollution technology for petrol and diesel engines on Tuesday.
"If this agreement is proven, it may have prevented consumers from buying less polluting cars, despite the fact that this technology was available to manufacturers," said EU Competition Commissioner Margret Vestagere.
The study is linked to the EC information that Audi, Porsche and BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen and Volkswagen have met to discuss the development and use of damage-limiting technologies for cars.
EC investigations focus on two systems, one of which limits the emissions of diesel engines and the other – of petrol engines.
Volkswagen has been involved for three years in the scandal for installing harmful counterfeit software for passenger cars in the diesel engine.
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