BMW: Our Diesels Fulfill ‘All Local Testing Requirements’

By Paul Riegler on 25 September 2015
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The Diesel Driver's long-term BMW 535d at the BMW Welt

The Diesel Driver’s long-term BMW 535d at the BMW Welt

BMW commented on Friday, on what is being referred to by some as Dieselgate, saying that has not been involved in any “wrongdoing,” referencing the highly-publicized case of Volkswagen, which admitted using technology to circumvent emissions testing in its diesel-powered automobiles.

“BMW Group is committed to observing the legal requirements in each country and fulfilling all local testing requirements,” the Bavarian automaker said in a statement. “Our exhaust treatment systems are active whether rolling on the test bench or driving on the road,” it added.

The company uses “clear, binding specifications and processes” to ensure this.

It cited two studies conducted by the International Council on Clean Transportation that showed that the BMW X5 as well as 13 other BMW vehicles comply with the legal requirements for NOx emissions and that the ICCT found “no discrepancies” in the X5 between tests conducted in the lab and in the field.

Diesels accounted for 38% of worldwide BMW sales in 2014. In the United States, 6% of vehicles sold were diesels, while in Germany that figure was 73%. Across Europe, 80% were diesels.

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