BMW, Mercedes and VW agree on emissions software update for 5.3m cars

The move agreed with German authorities includes an incentive scheme for owners to trade in their old car for a new, less polluting vehicle

Emissions tests questioned

A trio of German car makers have agreed to issue a software update on 5.3 million diesel cars to cut pollution levels by nearly a third. 

BMW, Volkswagen and Daimler – the latter the parent company of Mercedes – reached an agreement with German authorities to update 5.3million cars with Euro5 and 6 diesel engines with a software tweak that will reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 25 to 30 per cent. No customer will be charged for the update. 

Of the 5.3 million cars, 3.8 million come from VW  – of which 2.5 million have already been upgraded as part of the emissions scandal. A further 900,000 Daimler vehicles will be involved, and 300,000 vehicles from BMW.

The carmakers also agreed to set up an incentive scheme, where drivers of older, more polluting models would be able to trade vehicles in exchange for a new, low-emissions vehicle

Mercedes announces £195m technical fix for 3 million vehicles

The move follows similar announcements made by Mercedes, Audi, Porsche and VW. Last month, both companies announced they would issue a voluntary software update on cars sold in Europe to improve their NOx emissions under real world driving. Mercedes issued a £195m technical fix on three million cars in Europe, while Audi, Porsche and VW said their update would apply to 850,000 cars with the VW Group's V6 and V8 diesel engines. 

BMW is offering owners across Europe an “environmental bonus of up to €2,000,” for owners of Euro 4 or older diesels who trade in their car and purchase a new BMW or MINI. According to BMW, the new car has to be either a BMW or MINI fitted with Euro6 engine or electric and hybrid technology.

Audi, Porsche and VW issue voluntary retrofit for V6 and V8 diesels

Harald Krueger, chairman of the board of management at BMW said: "The meeting [between BMW and German authorities] was an important step. We support the initiative and are investing in the Sustainable Urban Mobility fund. State-of-the art diesels will definitely play an important role in future mobility, as well." 

Find out the full story on the VW emissions scandal here...

Recommended

May new-car registrations up 674%
Ford Fiesta
News

May new-car registrations up 674%

Another impressive year-on-year increase for new-car registrations, but not enough to bring the market back to pre-Covid levels
4 Jun 2021
UK Driving tests restart but learner drivers face long waits
Driving test

UK Driving tests restart but learner drivers face long waits

Learner drivers in the UK face a 17-week wait between booking and taking their practical driving test
22 Apr 2021
Can I buy a car during the Covid-19 lockdown? Dealers reopen today
lockdown dealer
Coronavirus

Can I buy a car during the Covid-19 lockdown? Dealers reopen today

National lockdowns have kept dealers closed but they're back as of today. Here’s how you can buy a new or used car in all parts of the UK
12 Apr 2021
Covid-19: what it means for motorists and the car industry
Motorway
News

Covid-19: what it means for motorists and the car industry

Everything you need to know about how Covid-19 affects cars, motorists and the car industry in the UK
6 Apr 2021

Most Popular

Driving test update to preserve the manual gearbox
Dacia Duster gear lever
News

Driving test update to preserve the manual gearbox

With more drivers learning in autos and electric cars, the DVSA is looking to update the driving test so people can still drive manuals in future
16 Jun 2021
Ineos Grenadier prototype 2022 review
Ineos Grenadier prototype
Ineos Grenadier 4x4

Ineos Grenadier prototype 2022 review

Can the Ineos Grenadier really fill the mud-splattered void left by the old Land Rover Defender? We take a first drive in a prototype to find out...
15 Jun 2021
New 2021 Vauxhall Astra to offer plug-in hybrid power
Vauxhall Astra render
Vauxhall Astra

New 2021 Vauxhall Astra to offer plug-in hybrid power

The new Vauxhall Astra will get a plug-in hybrid powertrain and a more premium image - here’s how it could look
17 Jun 2021
Illegal car modification hotspots revealed
Volkswagen Polo exhaust
News

Illegal car modification hotspots revealed

Gloucestershire has the highest proportion of illegal car modifications, with altered number plates the most common breach
14 Jun 2021
Tesla Model 3 police car all set for evaluation by UK emergency services
Tesla Model 3 police car - front
News

Tesla Model 3 police car all set for evaluation by UK emergency services

Tesla hopes to offer UK police forces a new zero-emission emergency responder option with the Model 3 police car
17 Jun 2021
New Renault Arkana 2021 review
Renault Arkana - front
Renault Arkana

New Renault Arkana 2021 review

Does an eye-catching coupe-SUV body give the new Renault Arkana the edge over other mid-size SUVs? We find out...
16 Jun 2021
New Vauxhall Astra prototype review
Vauxhall Astra prototype - front
Vauxhall Astra

New Vauxhall Astra prototype review

A new Vauxhall Astra is on the way and we've driven a prototype ahead of its official arrival
14 Jun 2021
UN report highlights ethical problems with electric cars
Electric car charging
News

UN report highlights ethical problems with electric cars

Analysis reveals lithium refining takes 65 per cent of Chilean region’s water, while 40,000 child miners dig for cobalt in DRC
14 Jun 2021
New Nissan Qashqai 2021 review
Nissan Qashqai 2021
Nissan Qashqai

New Nissan Qashqai 2021 review

We get behind the wheel of the larger, more comfortable and higher-tech Nissan Qashqai SUV in the UK
16 Jun 2021
New Porsche 911 GT3 Touring tones down the styling
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring - front
Porsche 911

New Porsche 911 GT3 Touring tones down the styling

The optional Touring package aims to bring a few creature comforts to the track-focused Porsche 911 GT3
15 Jun 2021
Dacia unveils new badge design
Dacia badge
Dacia

Dacia unveils new badge design

The new Dacia branding will feature on the company’s cars from 2022, with the Bigster being the first candidate
17 Jun 2021
'I was cynical about Hyundai's aim to be the world's 2nd biggest carmaker, not now'
Opinion Genesis Hyundai Ioniq
Opinion

'I was cynical about Hyundai's aim to be the world's 2nd biggest carmaker, not now'

Steve Fowler is impressed by Hyundai's electric cars, its N division and now its luxury Genesis brand
16 Jun 2021
New SsangYong Korando e-Motion breaks cover with electric power
SsangYong Korando EV
Electric cars

New SsangYong Korando e-Motion breaks cover with electric power

The new SsangYong Korando compact electric SUV will be on sale later in 2021, says the financially stricken South Korean manufacturer
15 Jun 2021
Motorists think they can get away with driving offences due to lack of road police
police speed gun
News

Motorists think they can get away with driving offences due to lack of road police

Lack of road traffic police officers in the UK is making it easy for drivers to break the law, according to a survey of 15,500 British motorists
16 Jun 2021