German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said on Thursday that emissions-cheating software had been found in Porsche’s Cayenne Diesel 3.0 TDI model and that 22,000 vehicles would have to be recalled. Speaking to reporters in Berlin, Dobrindt said that German authorities had ordered an obligatory recall, as was the norm in such situations. Moreover, all cars of this type produced but not yet sold would be denied permits until the software was changed. Dobrindt also said the cheating was made possible through the so-called “warm-up strategy,” whose true purpose was to make the car comply with emissions requirements. “We consider this to be an illegal emissions control device,” he added. The software is able to set off during emissions testing but not during regular driving. Tests have shown that once the car was confronted with small bends or a slope it switched modes and emissions were higher. German car makers face suits in North America The “big three” of the German car industry – Volkswagen, Daimler AG, and BMW – are also struggling with accusations of collusion. According to reports in German media, the car makers made deals to fix prices and disadvantage foreign competitors. The companies also allegedly forged joint strategies on technologies,… Read full this story
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