Five German carmakers Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, And Volkswagen over the years make a deal between each other for their vehicles, prices, and suppliers. If it is proven that buyers have overpaid their vehicles, the manufacturers will have to pay expensive damages.
Slowly, the truth about the diesel scandal is clarified. The five automobile giants Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche And Volkswagen, for long years back have been in the monopolistic association. The German manufacturers secretly agreed about the prices and suppliers. This scandal is linked to another scandal. Here are the basics of the diesel scandal.
According to a document from the Volkswagen with competitors, the secret negotiations between Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, And Volkswagen have been under way since the 90’s. All pieces of the car development, ranging from the gearboxes and brakes to the gasoline and diesel engines, were part of a common contract. The suppliers were also jointly selected, and the prices for which suppliers were supposed to deliver the components for the automotive manufacturers were jointly determined.
The diesel scandal is just an introduction for the German cartels
Even the diesel scandal originates from the cartel of the automobile giants. Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, And Volkswagen have signed an agreement, which among the other things determines the size of the tank for the AdBlue liquid. This liquid, which is basically urea, serves to remove the harmful substances from the exhaust of diesel engines.
Because larger AdBlue reservoirs would be too expensive, the manufacturers agreed to use smaller tanks. When this mixture of urea will finish, it is not possible to purify the exhaust gas. That’s the start of the diesel scandal, and the investigations are already underway.
If it is proven that the cartel really initiated the diesel scandal, the EU Industry Commission will require from Volkswagen to correct all exhaust gases to the manufactured vehicles. On the other hand, if the cartel association is proven, the exhaust gas scandal automatically entails both, BMW and Daimler.
Since bargaining is forbidden, the courts will be able to determine the amount of damages for the vehicle buyers and everyone involved in the scandal. Some time ago, it was found that several truck manufacturers were operating in a cartel. Despite the fact that the manufacturers had to pay expensive damages to the Union, the truck buyers filed claims for damages. The same can happen with Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, And Volkswagen.