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German Car Giants Beat Claims They Colluded to Avoid ‘Arms Race’

June 18, 2019, 2:32 PM

Audi, BMW, Daimler AG, Porsche, and Volkswagen have beaten claims they conspired to slow the pace of innovation in a scheme to reduce production costs and avoid an “arms race” over features.

The consolidated class action, filed by consumers and auto dealers, accused the German auto giants of colluding since at least 2011 through trade associations and industry working groups.

The alleged collusion included agreements to adopt standard diesel tank sizes and to avoid developing soft-top convertibles that can open and close at high speeds, according to the antitrust lawsuit. The suit, filed following news of...

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