German car giant Daimler said Tuesday that they will not appeal an order from the Stuttgart Prosecutor’s Office that requires them to pay a fine of 870 million euros (about US $957 million) for hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles that violated emission standards.
“The company refrained from filing a legal appeal against the fine,” Daimler said in a statement today.
In their own statement, Stuttgart prosecutors said the fine was related to some 684,000 vehicles that have been reported for excessive emissions by the Federal Automotive Transportation Authority (KBA).
Investigators “identified a negligent violation of supervisory duties in the Daimler unit that deals with vehicle certification as of 2008”. “Official permits were granted for diesel vehicles, although their nitrogen oxides (NOX) emissions sometimes did not correspond to regulatory requirements.”
The KBA has ordered the removal of successive batches of Daimler vehicles in recent years, as it has discovered higher emissions than those due, but the company has always denied its participation in the so-called “dieselgate” scandal that broke out in 2015. “Daimler maintains … objections against KBA orders, “said the Mercedes-Benz manufacturer.
The car giant Volkswagen admitted four years ago that it incorporated software into 11 million cars worldwide that made them appear less polluting in the laboratory than in real road driving.
VW has had to pay more than 30 billion euros in fines, legal costs and compensation, mainly in the United States. In Germany, the Volkswagen brand and its subsidiaries Porsche and Audi have paid fines similar to that on Tuesday against Daimler, for a total of 2.3 billion euros.
“It is in the best interest of the company to end the administrative infraction process … and thus conclude this matter,” Daimler said of the charge.
Prosecutors said the fine “has no effect on the investigation of Stuttgart prosecutors on individuals regarding the suspicion of manipulation of motor control software.” Nor would it affect civil claims against Daimler for excessive emissions. And that, in the short term, the fine “does not result in an additional significant negative effect on earnings” for July-September.