Daily Management Review

US chimes in on cartel accusation of German carmakers


07/28/2017


American consumers wrote a collective complaint against German automakers, namely Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW. Just like in Germany, they are accused of cartel collusion, Der Spiegel writes.



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It is reported that German automakers in the United States acted contrary to local competition laws. In particular, the violators supposedly conspired to set certain prices for cars produced for the American market. An appropriate collective complaint was filed with the New Jersey State Court.

These complaints appeared in the US thanks to reports of German media about violation of the rules of competition in the market by German automakers. Last week, German newspapers reported that German carmakers VW, BMW, Audi and Porsche conspired to set prices for diesel emission cleaning systems using industry committees.

About 200 employees working in 60 industry committees discussed development of vehicles, brakes, gasoline and diesel engines, couplings and transmissions, as well as exhaust gas purification systems. Der Spiegel magazine, publishing this information, referred to a letter sent to the German cartel authorities.

Automakers discussed choice of suppliers and the price of components. Since 2006, the manufacturers have also been discussing cost of AdBlue, an exhaust gas purification system for diesel engines.

They also decided on details such as calibration of reservoirs for diesel processing fluids, and agreed to use smaller rather than larger parts, the publication noted.

Volkswagen acknowledged possible anticompetitive behavior in a letter that it sent to the antitrust authorities on July 4.

source: spiegel.de






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