Déjà vu…

In September 2015 the Volkswagen emissions scandal, sometimes known as Dieselgate or Emissionsgate, began. To be fair, not just them.

In 2016 the Sueddeutsche Zeitung (nowadays struggling on their own issues) wrote about „Warum BMW-Diesel sauberer sind“ (Why BMW Diesel is cleaner).
=> Warum BMW-Diesel sauberer sind (in German)

Then pointing out that BMW Group models performed best in the (Kraftfahrt Bundesamt / KBA) Federal Motor Transport Authority’s emissions test, that it is known that the manufacturer invested more money than others in its drive technologies. And BMW is apparently particularly successful in avoiding so-called sooting.


This was written in April 2016. Already in September 2015 BMW released a statement that „The BMW Group does not manipulate or rig any emissions tests. We observe the legal requirements in each country and fulfill all local testing requirements.

In other words, our exhaust treatment systems are active whether rolling on the test bench or driving on the road.

Clear, binding specifications and processes are in place through all phases of development at the BMW Group in order to avoid wrongdoing.“
=> Statement der BMW Group zur aktuellen Diskussion um den Diesel-Antrieb (in German)
=> BMW Group statement concerning the current discussion of diesel engines (in English)

Again in 2017 a statement from the BMW Group was released on media reporting in connection with the scandal of diesel engines. BMW Group firmly rejected allegations. BMW-specific technology ensures low emissions in real operation.
=> Statement der BMW Group zur aktuellen Medienberichterstattung im Zusammenhang mit der Skandalisierung des Dieselantriebs. (in German)

Yesterday (Feb 21st 2024) the Sueddeutsche posted that the (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt / KBA) Federal Motor Transport Authority’s emissions test discovered inadmissible emissions control shutdown devices in BMW diesel models. According to estimates, there could be affected between 100,000 and 150,000 cars in Europe, a BMW spokesman said on Wednesday.

Until now, BMW was considered the only German car manufacturer that had not been confronted with allegations of diesel engines that were only clean on the test bench.

The ECJ (Court of Justice of the European Union) recently tightened the interpretation of the emissions regulations, where the requirements for diesel vehicles would be re-discussed. “A benchmark is applied retroactively to technologies that are up to 15 years old.” According to BMW, the affected cars were manufactured between 2010 and 2014.

No matter how you try to excuse yourself, it shows that the automotive industry is not to be trusted and that they only do the bare minimum (if anything) that doesn’t endanger their profitability.