Germany orders Porsche recall over diesel emissions cheating

GERMAN authorities on Friday said they had ordered 19,000 Porsche SUVs recalled over emissions cheating, saying a total of 60,000 manipulated vehicles had been identified across Europe.

“Illegal ‘defeat devices’ were identified” in some 4,000 Cayenne and 15,000 Macan cars sold by the high-end Volkswagen subsidiary in Germany, a spokesman for the KBA vehicle licensing authority told AFP.

“Defeat devices” refers to software designed to reduce harmful emissions under regulatory test conditions compared with real on-road driving.

A Porsche spokesman said across Europe, some 53,000 Macans fitted with 3.0-litre diesel engines and 6,800 4.2-litre Cayennes were affected by the recall.

News weekly Der Spiegel reported that KBA investigators found the Macan diesels – which Porsche claimed were in compliance with the latest and strictest “Euro 6” emissions standards – included five defeat devices even after a 2016 software update designed to reduce pollution.

The Porsche spokesman said the firm is “working with the KBA on a technical solution” for the Macan’s motor control software, adding it has already agreed an update for the Cayenne and will contact owners about the installation. – AFP Relaxnews

Prices for BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad vehicles with 0% GST ‘until further notice’ from govt

IN reference to the Government’s Wednesday announcement that Malaysia’s goods and services tax (GST), currently set at six per cent, will be rated at zero per cent with effect from June 1, BMW Group Malaysia managing director and CEO, Harald Hoelzl, today said: “While we await further announcements and confirmation from the Ministry of Finance Malaysia, we look forward to continue serving our customers seamlessly. Rest assured, BMW Group Malaysia continues to offer the complete Premium Ownership experience.”

The BMW Group Malaysia Premium Ownership experience include:

– BMW 5-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service Programme.
– MINI 4 Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service.
– BMW 2-Year / 24 Month Tyre Warranty Programme for its Run Flat Tyre offering and services.
– BMW Roadside Assistance and Accident Hotline.
– The BMW Group Loyalty+ Mobile App – BMW White Card, MINI Black Card and BMW Excellence Club membership programme.
– BMW and MINI Service Online.