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Daimler faces recall order over suspected manipulation

German premium car maker Daimler may have to recall hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles because of suspected emissions cheating. The Stuttgart-based company said it's not aware of any wrongdoing.

German news magazine Der Spiegel reported Friday that Daimler was facing a recall for more than 600,000 diesel-engine vehicles including C-Class and G-Class models because of suspected emissions manipulation.

Germany's vehicle authority KBA is in the process of investigating strong suspicions that the affected cars were fitted with illicit defeat devices designed to rig emissions levels.

The Transport Ministry said it had asked the KBA to pursue any further leads related to emissions at Daimler's Mercedes-Benz premium brand.

The report came just a day after KBA officials ordered Daimler to recall the Mercedes Vito van fitted with 1.6-liter diesel Euro-6 engines because of engine control features to reduce exhaust emissions when the cars were in the lab.

Volkswagen only the tip of the iceberg?

Daimler said it was appealing the KBA findings with regard to the ordered Vito recall, but did not comment on Friday's report in Der Spiegel.

The company's chief executive, Dieter Zetsche, agreed to meet Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer in Berlin on Monday to answer questions related to possible emissions cheating at the company.

"I expect Mercedes to deal with the accusations in a transparent way for customers," Scheuer said in a statement.

hg/mm (Reuters, dpa)

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