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Mercedes Fined Nearly $1 Billion For Diesel Sins

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It’s not just VW suffering for their oil-burning emissions scandal.

After the Dieselgate scandal dominated worldwide automotive news, there have been a slew of fines, arrests, and even potential imprisonments for various Volkswagen execs, and the various brands under the VW Group umbrella. But VW isn't the only German manufacturer to be caught out by a diesel scandal.

German authorities have fined Daimler, Mercedes-Benz's parent company, the whopping sum of €870 million ($955 million) for selling vehicles that do not fully comply with emissions laws regarding oxides of nitrogen (NOx).

According to reports, around 684,000 diesel vehicles sold in Germany were not compliant with the strict emissions standards.

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Daimler issued a statement, claiming that it will not be challenging the ruling from the Stuttgart public prosecutor, as the best interests of the company would be served "to end the administrative offense proceeding in a timely and comprehensive manner." Daimler also claims that the hefty fine won't have a negative impact on its profit forecasts, as they already had provisions for such a penalty.

The fine was calculated based on a €4 million ($4.4 million) penalty for "negligent violation of supervisory duties", while the rest of the penalty was based on the company's ongoing profits. The fine is the latest in a slew of fines that have included similar sums issued against Audi and Volkswagen, while just this year, Porsche was fined just shy of $600 million for its role in the VW Group's Dieselgate saga.

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Mercedes-Benz confirmed in early 2018 that it would discontinue diesel passenger cars, and currently only sells the Sprinter van range with a diesel engine. Subsequently, a number of manufacturers have been dropping their diesel variants from their lineups, citing that American's don't want diesel anymore, and with most remaining diesel engines used by trucks and vans, for their obvious towing and diesel mileage benefits.

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