Auto Bild retracts allegations regarding BMW diesel emissions

News | September 25th, 2015 by 37
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I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but Volkswagen’s going though a bit of a scandal lately. That’s sarcasm, of course you’ve heard, it’s been all …

I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but Volkswagen’s going though a bit of a scandal lately. That’s sarcasm, of course you’ve heard, it’s been all over the news, Internet and everything else. Volkswagen lied about the emissions of its diesel models, causing quite a big problem. Soon after, the EPA tested a BMW X5 35d alongside some VW diesel models to compare and the X5 passed the EPA’s tests with flying colors while the VWs failed. In Germany, a diesel-powered BMW X3 was tested as well and the results created quite a controversy of their own.

In reality, the results shouldn’t have caused a stir, as the X3 passed as well. However, German publication, Auto Bild, decided to report that the X3 failed and produced more than 11 times the European limit when tested by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). This news spread immediately across the internet, faster than unsavory leaked pictures of Ariana Grande, and created a lot of negative buzz surrounding Munich. Since this Auto Bild report came out, BMW’s stock value dropped, quite significantly actually, 9.7 percent which is the most in four years. Naturally BMW wasn’t happy.

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Afterward, BMW released a statement, vehemently refuting the article by Auto Bild and cleared the air. “The BMW Group does not manipulate or rig any emissions tests,” the Munich-based company said in a statement in response to the report. “We observe the legal requirements in each country.”

In a detailed report, BMW claimed that there was no difference in the urea exhaust gas treatment when either on the road or on the test bench. Obviously, BMW was upset, but now the actual results have come out and the X3, as well as all other diesel BMW models, pass the emissions tests and exceed expectations. Hopefully, BMW’s stock price changes soon to reflect the truths that have recently come to light.

“There’s no suggestion BMW has done anything illegal,” said Juergen Pieper, a Frankfurt-based analyst with Bankhaus Metzler. However, Pieper did go on to mention that things might not be looking good for diesels. “However, there are concerns for the long-term damage on the business with diesel cars.”

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It’s possible that Auto Bild was acting a bit recklessly and put out an article quickly to grab headlines. However, this was an incredibly irresponsible thing to do, as without all of the proper information, Auto Bild ended up doing real damage to BMW by causing stock prices to drop. Regardless of why or how Auto Bild created such an article, it did its damage and now BMW has to fix things. Hopefully, most of the damage is able to be repaired, otherwise Auto Bild should be in some trouble themselves.

Update: BMW has just released another official statement which can be found here.

37 responses to “Auto Bild retracts allegations regarding BMW diesel emissions”

  1. Tom says:

    Auto Bild ought to be liable for any losses due to the stock price fall if the publication is not able to corroborate their story. I hate that the media is able to manipulate stock prices, whether intentional or not, based on circumstantial information.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Yeah, that was irresponsible. When everyone was posting this morning, we decided to hold off and asses the situation and try to get more info. Some of my colleagues were even digging the alleged report.

      • Guest says:

        I think it’s irresponsible to have this defamatory article on your website. Autobild didn’t retract anything regarding the icct’s findings and their article wasn’t false either. So again: Nico is the one lying.

        • Horatiu B. says:

          Ok, it’s enough. We heard your point of view, thank you, but we disagree. You’re clearly here to troll and not listen to any rationale, so no point to argue.

          All we know is that Autobild changed the story, the headline and much more, while BMW HAD to step in and put out a press release explaining things.

          • Guest says:

            How can you disagree on facts? I am clearly not trolling i just find it hilarious and ironic that nico flat out lies in an article in which he accuses someone else of lying. You can’t even back this article up with anything. I on the other Hand speak the language and have the magazine right in front of me. So if you tell me what Nico wrote is based on facts and not his Imagination you are lying as well. If you can’t accpet the fact that you are wrong just delete my comments knowing you are spearding lies. Or just ask benny. He’s probably nice enough to confirm that you are dead wrong on this.

  2. CorpFedTaxCPA says:

    As Mr. Burns would say…. release the hounds.

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  3. Giom says:

    Spreading a lie is like starting a bush fire… easy to start, impossible to stop. This should turn to something positive for BMW, but it won’t. People don’t care for what you do right, they only care for what you do wrong.

  4. Indrit Selimi says:

    Auto Bild should be reported by BMW…

    • Paolo Moleman says:

      Should be sued by BMW. BMW appears to be extremely careful in all their testing and design of their engines. They have a history of some of the most amazing engines done by Paul Rosche with the BT 45 F1 4 cylinder turbo and the 12 cylinder BMW engine in the McLaren F1 road car.

      VW and Audi or VAG has always been a bit shady. Auto Bild wanted a story that was a lie. BMW should sue them.

      • Indrit Selimi says:

        Yes, it seems (at least to me) that the technological innovation is a the core of the BMW strategy. They are pursuing efficient and environment friendly engines over big, classical (old generation) “high” performance ones. Therefore if BMW had an issue I couldn’t imagine the rest of the automotive groups…

  5. IceDree says:

    Auto Bild Went full Jalopnik … Never Go Full Jalopnik.

    They better get their affairs in orders , a really expensive gonna come knocking on their door any minute now

  6. Senne says:

    Unbelievable! If you accuse BMW of something like this, it should be well-grounded! And now stock value dropped almost 10%!! This is just not fair, it’s not good for BMW’s image, unfairly.

  7. Guest says:

    Are all of you stupid? Autobild never accused BMW of cheating. All they said was that the icct discovered the x3 xdrive 2.0d’s tailpipe emissions exceeded the European limit by more than 1,100 percent. That’s just jounalism. Which Nico obviously knows nothing about since his accusation that autobild’s arcticle was false is a straight up lie.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      You clearly didn’t see their first article and the title.

      • Guest says:

        I did. I read it and i speak German btw.

        • Horatiu B. says:

          Then I’m surprised you didn’t see the accusations. Saying the polution is 11 times higher and other things without really looking closely at the report.

          • Guest says:

            Ok give me a quote then where they accuse BMW of cheating.

          • Horatiu B. says:

            I’ll try to find the original article.

          • dc says:

            “Exceeded limits 11X” is an accusation of cheating, or incompetence. Why defend tabloid urinalism?

          • Guest says:

            Are you being serious right now? Autobild reported on the findings that the icct made. That has absoulutely nothing to do with an accusation of anything. Do yourself a favor and look up what journalism actually means and why it is so important. The same goes for Nico. Maybe then he would know better than to accuse someone of lying by lying about what they said.

          • dc says:

            Until those tests results can be repeated, this “reporting” is slanderous & defamatory. BMW is not VW.

          • Indrit Selimi says:

            After they published the article the BMW lost nearly 10%…it means that the language of the Autobild article could have been misinterpretated as it happen actually…understanding this risk they decided to publish anyway without hesitating …maybe because of possible publicity and economic advantages…for this reason, now, BMW should ask authorities to investigate and clarify Autobild responsibilities.

        • dc says:

          Evidently reading & comprehension r 2 different things.

  8. Max says:

    I wonder what they have studied, how can someone be that stupid? I hope that BMW will sue them for their stupid “journalism” which actually is none. These folks are just crazy for headlines and dont think about twice what they are doing. Blaming the manufacturer with the best and cleanest diesels on the market for nothing..ridiculous!

  9. Efoza says:

    Auto Bild has a bad reputation already in Germany for getting things badly wrong. So I am not surprised for this latest cockup.

    • Paolo Moleman says:

      This is criminal. Auto Bild had to know how sensitive this subject is, how VW/Audi cheated and how BMW went to great lengths to make great and clean diesel engines.

  10. Doc H. says:

    She’s a witch!

  11. Paolo Moleman says:

    BMW should sue AutoBild. Or the shareholders of BMW should file a class action against Auto Bild. Germany is falling apart with wide open borders invasion and VAG’s BS. I never liked Audi and had bad experiences with VW.

    • Li says:

      There is no need to turn the focus to AutoBild, car manufacturers should now start to be honest and open to their customers about the cars they make. The recent disclosure on diesel emissions against VW is a huge blessing to the general public, the environment and car owners. I have owned several BMWs, from 3 to 5 series and most recently the new 2 series AT, none of them ever came close to the manufacturer’s claimed fuel consumption figures no matter how I tried to drive them. So, what would make modern cars come close to any of the claimed figures and why should anyone in their right mind trust emissions or consumption figures provided by car manufacturers? Why doesn’t the car industry be honest/ open to consumers about real world figures instead of providing us, loyal consumers, with unrealistic data achieved through unrealistic testing procedures? We all have the right to know the truth in order to make an informed decision. For those who may have listened to Whatcar regarding tactics used by most car manufacturers to come up with such misleading figures will have learnt that preparations for those so called testings, the particular car’s tyres are inflated to the max, some gaps within the car’s structure are sealed, side mirrors are removed, some electric systems are either removed or turned off, etc, etc, conditions which are obviously unrealistic in normal driving conditions. Hopefully, the car industry will learn something from the recent developments, car owners are not fools and we demand honesty at every level. Many thanks to the US system for challenging these manufacturers head on.

      • Paolo Moleman says:

        I am not a drooling fan of car companies but the politicians of all countries are far far worse. BMW did not break the rules though VAG (Volkswagen Audi Group) did.

        • Li says:

          I totally agree with you on politicians of all countries involved. They have been well aware of what goes on within the car industry. As for BMW and other car manufacturers, I think let’s not conclude their innocence at this stage. It looks like the UK will conduct its own random tests on most car manufacturers in due course. As I mentioned in my earlier post, if these manufacturers cannot be open/ honest about their cars’ realistic data (emissions or fuel consumption) at the consumers’ expense, why should we trust everything that they tell us?

      • dc says:

        Those mileage results are automated government tests, NOT real world driving. Emission tests, ditto. They are not the issue. The issue is Volkswagen’s FRAUD. The American system didn’t catch this, independent & academic testing did. As for the rest of your concerns CAVEAT EMPTOR! Even when manufacturers conform, mass production is never 100%.

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