BMW boss Harald Krüger and supervisory board boss Norbert Reithofer have given a breakdown in the exhaust gas purification of a diesel engine, but denied any intention.
“We made a mistake a few years ago,” said Krüger on Thursday at the BMW Annual General Meeting in Munich: In 11 700 BMW vehicles was mistakenly a mismatched software has been installed. The Kraftfahrtbundesamt had ordered in March the recall of the cars because of an inadmissible shutdown device.
Reithofer emphasized that the “technical, human error” did not mean that the emission levels on the test bench would have been lower than those on the road. Krüger said: “It has nothing to do with a targeted manipulation of engine control and exhaust gas purification.” BMW is now waiting for the authorities to approve the corrected software.
Hard regulations are popular today, Krüger complained. BMW updates the software of its Euro-5 diesel cars from year of construction 2011, but consider a hardware retrofit for technically not useful. A swipe shared the BMW boss against VW. “The truth is: The actions of some manufacturers has harmed the entire industry,” said Krüger.
But BMW is the number one in electrified vehicles in Germany and Europe, this year will sell 140 000 battery and plug-in cars, bring next year, an electric mini and in 2020 an electric BMW X3 on the market. Europe must play a pioneering role in e-mobility, Krüger demanded. For autonomous driving “we need uniform rules and the 5G mobile radio standard everywhere in the EU”