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Daimler Ready to Fight Cheating Accusations as Probe Widens

  • Carmaker says it would reject charges ‘with all legal means’
  • Top executives attended Berlin special meeting Thursday
The Mercedes-Benz logo sits on the wheel hub of a Mercedes-Benz GLA compact SUV automobile produced by Daimler AG, on the assembly line of the Mercedes-Benz factory in Rastatt, Germany, on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. The German automaker announced plans Monday for a joint venture in Iran to build Mercedes-Benz trucks after trade restrictions tied to the country's nuclear program were lifted over the weekend.
Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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Daimler AG said it will push back against allegations that it manipulated emissions in its Mercedes-Benz engines, as a German government probe into the luxury-car maker deepens.

“We would employ all legal means” to defend against any accusation by the Federal Transport Motor Authority of an illegal defeat device in Mercedes-Benz cars, the company said in an emailed statement. Daimler was responding to an article in Der Spiegel magazine which said government examiners suspect that such a device was built into some vehicles.