Daimler is accused of installing so-called defeat device software in thousands of its SUV vehicles in an investigation launched by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority, Bild am Sonntag reported on 14 April.
The Stuttgart-based carmaker is reported to have been caught installing emissions cheating software in 60,000 of its Mercedes-Benz branded GLK 220 CDI SUV vehicles built between 2012 and 2015. The vehicles should all meet the Euro 5 emissions standard.
A Daimler spokesperson said the company was cooperating fully with the authorities and that any “allegation that we wanted to hide something” is false.
Last year, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche was summoned to a meeting at the Transport Ministry in Berlin after it emerged the company had cheated on emissions in thousands of Mercedes Vito models.
In the 2015 Dieselgate scandal, US authorities accused Volkswagen of installing defeat device software in around 11 million diesel engined vehicles sold worldwide. The allegations have since spread to other auto giants such as Daimler, Renault and Fiat.