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Daimler said working with authorities on emission fix

A Mercedes-Benz badge sits on the grill of a CLA-class automobile on the production line at the Mercedes-Benz AG automobile plant, operated by Daimler AG, in Kecskemet, Hungary. Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

BERLIN • Daimler AG said it is working with German authorities to resolve issues with emissions irregularities with its diesel-powered vehicles, rejecting a report about a recall of thousands of vehicles as already widely known.

The maker of Mercedes-Benz cars commented after German magazine Der Spiegel said the manufacturer might be forced to recall as many as 700,000 cars over their emissions setups, citing a report it obtained from Germany’s federal Motor Transport Authority. The company said it’s been working through the issues, which were announced in June, and rebutted the magazine’s claims that there are new problems.

“Daimler will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities and establish transparency,” the Stuttgart-based automaker said in the statement. The company has filed an object to the order issued by Germany’s motor vehicle office to “to gain clarity in a very complex matter”.

Germany’s government slapped the world’s biggest luxury carmaker with a recall in June, following consultations with CEO Dieter Zetsche and Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer. While the order was a setback for a company that steadfastly claimed a clean-engine record, it avoided more costly measures such as fines or a hardware fix to allow Daimler to execute software updates instead.

Spiegel listed 24 models, including the small Mercedes C-class, the high-end S-class sedan, some SUVs and the Vito van as being affected. — Bloomberg