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Auto News: Mercedes Recall, Audi Probe

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Germany orders Mercedes to recall 774,000 diesel models

The auto industry's diesel emissions scandal continues to spread its noxious tentacles. According to a new Bloomberg report, the latest company in the crosshairs is Daimler, makers of Mercedes-Benz. The automaker is being ordered by the Germany government to recall 774,000 diesel vehicles in Europe over concerns stemming from "prohibited shutoff devices."

Daimler is being rapped by German authorities after a series of meetings between the two parties failed to properly explain away the discovery of five purported "illegal switch-off devices" found in the Benz's diesel engines. The alleged emissions defeat devices were revealed by Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority. According to an earlier Reuters report, the KBA believes these emissions control devices are present in "the bulk of Daimler's new Euro 6 diesel car fleet," estimated at around 1 million vehicles. 

The recall will involve updating the engine control software in Mercedes-Benz C-Class models, as well as its GLC crossover SUV (seen here) and Vito van, a model not sold in North America.  read more »

VW board to discuss prosecutors' probe into Audi CEO on Monday

Volkswagen’s supervisory board will on Monday discuss German prosecutors’ investigation into the head of its Audi brand, as the carmaker weighs up how to tackle the latest fallout from its 2015 emissions scandal read more »