Emissions cheat declared in 774K Mercedes-Benz vehicles

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Daimler AG seems to be in a spot of bother with a massive recall of 7,74,000 vehicles in Europe.

Similar to Volkswagen's dieselgate scandal, it means these cars produce increased emission of harmful nitrogen oxides in the hands of customers compared to when they're tested for type approval by regulators.

The recall will involve updating the engine control software in Mercedes-Benz C-Class models, as well as its GLC crossover SUV (seen here) and Vito van, a model not sold in North America.

"The government will order 238,000 Daimler vehicles to be immediately recalled Germany wide because of unauthorised defeat devices", the Ministry said. Germany's transportation minister met with Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche on Monday before announcing the recall.

The company is reportedly confident it can bring the vehicles back into compliance via software update.

The system bypasses its full emission controls at cold or hot temperatures to take advantage of the "system longevity" loophole in the emissions regulations.

Just two months ago in April, Zetsche said Mercedes-Benz customers are showing more confidence in diesel by continuing to buy them in significant numbers.

The major difference from the Daimler diesel software and Volkswagen's disastrous diesel scandal is intent.

Mercedes-Benz NZ had no comment to make on the German recall. "Open legal questions will be clarified in the objection proceedings".

"Regulatory limits for NOx emissions are also breached by a significant margin when tested in conditions even slightly divergent from those prescribed in the European Union test protocol (NEDC)", Transport and Environment insisted.

According to Bloomberg, the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday, that Daimler doesn't face any fines for the potential wrongdoing, but the automaker is considering an appeal to the ordered recall.

Carmakers use software to manage exhaust emissions filtering and engine performance.

Yet T&E's 2016 survey showed Mercedes-Benz's average diesel fleet emitted 6.4 times the EU's NOx emissions limits, rating as worse than Ford, Kia, Toyota, Honda, Audi, Mazda and Jaguar Land Rover.