Truck manufacturers speak out after cartel investigation

Ashleigh Wight
July 20, 2016

Four of the five truck manufacturers who were found to have been operating a cartel have responded after the European Commission (EC) handed out a record €2.9bn (£2.5bn) fine.

The EC yesterday (19 July) found that they had colluded for 14 years on truck prices and passing on the cost of meeting emissions standards to customers.

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler, which was hit with a €1bn fine, received a 40% reduction in the amount it initially faced after co-operating with the EC’s investigation. A spokesman said it regretted what had happened and had taken appropriate action some time ago.

The spokesman added: “The company has strengthened its internal controls and has intensified its regular and comprehensive employee training with regard to antitrust law and competition law.”

Martin Lundstedt, president and CEO at Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks owner Volvo Group, said the events had not had any impact on its customers..

“We have taken these events very seriously from the outset and our full cooperation with the commission resulted in a very substantial reduction in the fine,” added Lundstedt. It received a 50% reduction in its fine to €670m.

A Daf spokesman said it believed the exchange of factory list prices had no effect on customers and said the final amount it was fined,  €752m, was lower than expected. It was granted a 10% reduction in the charge for settling the case with the EC.

MAN avoided a fine of approximately €1.2bn as it informed the EC about the existence of the cartel before the investigation was launched in 2011.

The manufacturer said in a statement on its website: “The MAN code of conduct includes a clear belief in free and fair competition. The company does not tolerate any unfair business practices or illegal conduct.”

Iveco, which was fined €494m, and Scania declined to comment.

Scania’s involvement in the cartel is still being investigated.


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