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BMW shares skid on report of higher-than-allowed emissions

BMW X3 xDrive 20d SUV focus of street test, Auto Bild says


BMW AG shares fell 7% early Thursday, after magazine Auto Bild reported one of the German car maker’s model’s emissions on the street were much higher than allowed in Europe under standardized testing conditions.

The magazine reported in a pre-release of an article to be published Friday that BMW’s BMW, +4.51% BMW, +4.94% X3 xDrive 20d sports utility vehicle, powered by a diesel engine, emitted more than 11 times more nitrogen oxide during a street test conducted by the International Council on Clean Transportation, a nonprofit research organization, than permitted by the European Union under standardized conditions.

The report comes after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accused Volkswagen AG VOW3, +1.97% VOW, +0.83% VOW3, +1.83% VLKAY, +0.22% of using software to manipulate emissions testing results for its U.S.-sold diesel passenger cars. Volkswagen said the software is installed on some 11 million cars world-wide.

BMW said Thursday it hadn’t manipulated test results. “At the BMW group, there are no specific activities or technical provisions which influence the emissions recorded during the test mode,” said a spokesman. The company’s exhaust treatment systems are active whether on the test bench or on the road, he added.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com