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BMW admits mistake in diesel emissions scandal

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and have admitted the Munich-based company made a mistake in the development of for diesel vehicles.

Speaking during BMW's annual general meeting on Thursday, Krueger said the firm "made a mistake some years ago", which resulted in the accidental installation of in 11,700 vehicles, reported.

The Federal Motor Authority (KBA) subsequently ordered a recall of affected diesel cars affected in 2018.

Reithofer emphasized, however, that it was a "manual, human mistake" which had not led to a false depiction of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission levels.

"It had nothing to do with a purposeful manipulation of motor use and exhaust clearing systems," he told investors.

BMW is currently awaiting permission from regulatory authorities to correct the

Krueger criticized the behavior of a few which were found guilty of purposeful emission cheating practices and had damaged the reputation of the German as a whole.

While BMW offered for diesel vehicles with the motor type "Euro 5" from 2011 onwards, the company does not believe that more costly hardware upgrades demanded in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal are a technically

German has recently sided with on the subject of hardware upgrades, arguing that time and financial resources would be better spent on the development of the of the future.

Krueger said BMW was already the of electric vehicles in and planned to sell 140,000 battery-powered and hybrid models in the course of 2018. Additionally, BMW will release an for its brand in 2019 and an electric BMW "X3" by 2020.

The urged to assume a pioneering role in to prevent it being left behind in the production of new technologies by competitors in the and

BMW hopes to lead by example in structural reforms of the German and will present an "iNext vision vehicle" in the course of the year. Krueger said the iNext combined "all of future mobility" as a fully electric and partially with high safety standards.

The iNext is scheduled to become available for sale to customers in 2021.



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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 07:44 IST