February 14, 2018 / 3:58 PM / 10 months ago

German motor authority KBA probes Mercedes Vito emissions

FILE PHOTO: A sign showing the name of German truck maker Daimler is pictured at the IAA truck show in Hanover, September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/File Photo

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany’s Transport Ministry on Wednesday said it was reviewing whether to initiate a formal hearing of Daimler to probe the alleged use of an illegal defeat device on the Mercedes-Benz Vito model.

Daimler said it is engaged in “technical talks” with Germany’s motor vehicle authority KBA about emissions levels on around 1,000 Vito vehicles.

German weekly WirtschaftsWoche was first to report that the KBA was reviewing whether to request a formal hearing to discuss the emission levels of a diesel-engined Vito model.

Reporting by Edward Taylor and Tom Koerkemeier; Editing by Victoria Bryan

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