BERLIN (Reuters) -- BMW Group development chief Klaus Froehlich said the so-called "defeat device" that Volkswagen Group used to cheat U.S. diesel-emissions tests was a “no-go” at his company, adding that BMW has control systems to ensure such manipulation never occurs.
"At BMW, a system of continuous checks is in operation. Manipulation does not happen with us. I can flatly rule that out," Froehlich said in a speech Thursday at a conference here held by Automotive News Europe sister publication Automobilwoche.
BMW has joined other automakers in denying that it rigs emissions testing as a growing scandal engulfs rival VW Group following revelations that Europe's largest automaker used manipulated software to cheat in U.S. tests. VW Group has said about 11 million Volkswagen vehicles worldwide have diesel engines with software “irregularities” that were first exposed in the U.S.
Last week, BMW refuted a German magazine report that said some of its diesel cars were found to exceed emissions standards, saying that that “there is no difference in the treatment of exhaust emissions whether they are on [test] rollers or on the road.”
Daimler too said it does not manipulate emissions data for diesel engines and complies with rules on nitrogen oxide emissions around the world without using defeat devices.
Volvo said in a statement last week that it "never has and never will fit any device to its cars that manipulates emission test results." The automaker said its engines have the same settings "no matter whether they are being tested or in everyday use."
Froehlich said the controversy over test results was likely to rage for at least six months. "I expect the debate to be marked by a distinct lack of objectivity," he added.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report