Daimler recalls 3 million Mercedes cars in latest blow to diesel

Automaker Daimler AG is now voluntarily recalling more than 3 million Mercedes diesel cars in Europe. Meanwhile, the manufacturer is also planning a "rapid" rollout of a completely new diesel engine family.

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Daimler AG moved to head off a growing crisis over emissions concerns by voluntarily recalling more than 3 million Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles in Europe, marking the latest blow to the technology since Volkswagen AG's cheating scandal erupted nearly two years ago.

The automaker will extend an ongoing upgrade of about 250,000 compact cars and vans to nearly every modern Mercedes diesel on the road. The plan, which involves a software patch and avoids complex component fixes, will cost about 220 million euros (USD 255 million), the Stuttgart, Germany-based company said in a statement on Tuesday. If accepted by officials, it could help Daimler avoid the massive penalties that beset VW.

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