Today’s Pickup: Daimler under investigation for emissions cheating

Good day,

According to a report in a German newspaper, Daimler has now been swept up in the emissions cheating scandals that have been raging across Europe in recent years.

The paper says that Germany is investigating the company for possibly manipulating software on certain diesel-powered cars and vans to bypass emissions testing. These vehicles include mostly cars, but also the full-size Sprinter commercial van, and have been sold in both Europe and the U.S., Heavy Duty Trucking reported.

The German paper said that police raided Daimler and other companies recently, armed with search warrants. Volkswagen and Fiat have also been under investigation for diesel-emissions cheating scandals in recent years.

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Final Thoughts

News that Daimler is possibly now under investigation by German authorities for altering emissions software is the latest blow to diesel power. With Volkswagen having settled its own scandal and Fiat currently facing allegations from the U.S. of doing the same on Ram Trucks, more fuel is being added to those who claim that diesel engines are not the clean powerplants they claim to be.

Hammer down everyone!

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight covers general transportation news and leads the editorial team as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler.