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Bosch is part of carmaker cartel, says Spiegel

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Bosch participated in secret meetings with German car makers, Spiegel magazine claimed, referencing internal documents filed by Volkswagen at the Federal Cartel Office.

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According to Spiegel, Bosch illegally helped car makers collude on the development of cheaper AdBlue urea tanks to purify diesel emissions which made them too small to meet relevant emissions regulations.

Following this reading, the installation of illicit software to falsify results during emissions tests, first discovered by U.S. authorities and known as the global "dieselgate" scandal, would have been a result of a cost-saving measure by the German automotive cartel.

All car makers wanted Bosch to develop a lower dosage of AdBlue liquid "because of the limited size of urea tanks," Spiegel said, citing an unnamed Volkswagen manager.

"Nobody wants to report the true motivations behind this limitation to authorities," he added.

Bosch said it was unaware of any wrongdoing. Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag "they were only made aware (of the allegations) through media reports."

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