REPORT: Daimler Ready to Fight Cheating Accusations as Probe Widens

Daimler AG said it will push back against allegations that it manipulated emissions in its Mercedes-Benz engines, as a German government probe into the luxury-car maker deepens.

“We would employ all legal means” to defend against any accusation by the Federal Transport Motor Authority of an illegal defeat device in Mercedes-Benz cars, the company said in an emailed statement. Daimler was responding to an article in Der Spiegel magazine which said government examiners suspect that such a device was built into some vehicles.

Daimler’s statement comes a day after top executives were summoned for a special meeting to Berlin to discuss an ongoing probe into the carmaker’s engines, and hours after the German government said it would expand its examination to include additional models.

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