The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), this week, published the findings of tests conducted on the BMW 320d ED (Fuel Consumption Combined ltr/100 km 4.3â€“3.9 (4.1â€“3.8), CO2 g/km 113â€“102 (109â€“99)) confirmed that the vehicle examined fully complies with all legal requirements. The tests were carried out following criticism of the carâ€™s emissionsâ€™ performance in Dec. 2017 by the environmental lobby group â€œDeutsche Umwelthilfeâ€ (Environmental Action Germany).
Klaus FrÃ¶hlich, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Development, explained: â€œAs a matter of principle, BMW Group vehicles are not manipulated and comply with all respective legal requirements. Our diesel engines are clean. The public and policymakers can rely on that â€“ and, most of all, so can our customers and employees.â€
The findings of the latest KBA tests once again confirm what has been repeatedly proven by numerous official reviews conducted by authorities worldwide: The BMW Group has no illegal activities or technical provisions of any kind that influence the test mode for recording emissions.
This naturally also applies to the recently criticised BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition â€“ as proven by the results of extensive test-bench and road testing. With regard to BMW Group vehicles, TÃœV SÃ¼d already confirmed back in 2015: â€œThe NOx figures (â€¦) for all vehicles tested are within the technically explainable and expected tolerance and, in the opinion of TÃœV SÃœD, demonstrate very robust emission performance.â€
Specifically, this means that the effectiveness of the emissions control systems required for exhaust gas treatment fully reflect typical customer driving behaviour. There is no intervention (â€œmanipulationâ€) of any kind that could influence vehicle emissions.
The KBA test results also suggest that the emissions readings criticised by â€œDeutsche Umwelthilfeâ€ resulted from forced driving situations and flawed execution of tests, and are therefore not representative.
FrÃ¶hlich: â€œThe KBA test findings show quite clearly that the vehicle examined was not manipulated.Â
We therefore find the procedure adopted by â€œDeutsche Umwelthilfeâ€ to be unprofessional and its results meaningless.â€