The EU Commission finds that three German car manufacturers colluded by deliberately limiting competition on innovation in greener technologies for diesel vehicles (BMW / Daimler / VW)

By the cartel settlement decision recently rendered in Car Emissions [1], the European Commission (EC) found that three German car manufacturers colluded in the market for the reduction of emission of diesel cars during the period from June 2009 until October 2014. What is noteworthy in Car Emissions is that this the first case in which the EC established that a horizontal agreement breached Article 101(1)(b) TFEU not because the colluders agreed on fix-pricing or market sharing but rather because they deliberately limited the development of more effective technologies to cut the polluting emissions of diesel passenger cars. The facts of the case and the decision of the European Commission Following a leniency application filed by Daimler, which revealed a non-price collusion in the

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Michele Giannino, The EU Commission finds that three German car manufacturers colluded by deliberately limiting competition on innovation in greener technologies for diesel vehicles (BMW / Daimler / VW), 8 July 2021, e-Competitions July 2021, Art. N° 104211

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