New emissions tests, trade war eat into BMW's profits

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Sep 25, 2018

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Munich - Stricter emissions tests for cars as well as refits to older vehicles and global trade tensions would leave revenues and profits short of its full-year forecast, BMW said on Tuesday.

"The industry-wide shift to the new WLTP test cycle has led to significant supply distortions in several European markets" and unexpectedly "intense competition", the Munich-based group said in a statement.

Tougher new regulations came into force this month, a reaction by authorities to Volkswagen's long-running "dieselgate" scandal in which the world's largest carmaker admitted to cheating emissions tests on millions of vehicles worldwide.

As well as the effects of "continuing international trade conflicts", BMW also highlighted "increased goodwill and warranty measures" weighing on its performance.

The group was forced to recall some 324 000 diesel-powered cars across Europe in August, citing risk of a fire in the motor, as well as around 8000 vehicles fitted with software that reduced emissions during regulatory tests.

For 2018, BMW now forecasts revenues from its car business "slightly lower" than last year, rather than the "slight" increase previously expected.

In the same segment, its operating profit margin should reach "at least seven percent" rather than the eight to 10 percent it had targeted.

Agence France-Presse

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