BMW, Daimler, VW could face EU fines for emissions collusion

The European anti-trust watchdog plans to send formal complaints to BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen this spring, in which the EU regulator will make detailed allegations regarding collusion on emissions from diesel engines, Handelsblatt reported on Wednesday.

In a so-called Statement of Objections the EU is expected to detail its allegations, which may result in fines for the carmakers.

According to Handelsblatt, files from the public prosecutor’s offices in Braunschweig and Munich show that the carmakers cooperated on exhaust emissions and warned each other not to show the details of the work to the authorities.

Daimler reported itself to the EU Commission in 2014, followed by Volkswagen two years later.