The German automakers and steelmakers have admitted to fixing prices over a 12-year period.

CarAdvice, By Derek Fung

© Image Credit by CarAdvice | BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen fined for steel cartel

Germany's three major automakers, the BMW GroupDaimler (parent of Mercedes-Benz) and the Volkswagen Group, have been fined a total of €100 million ($163 million) for forming a cartel to buy certain steel products.
The Bundeskartellamt, Germany's competition commission, says the three car companies met twice a year with steel makers between 2004 and 2013 to set uniform surcharges for the long steel they purchased. Illegally set prices were in use until 2016.
The long steel was used primarily for crankshafts, gears, steering rods and handlebars. According to the commission, long steel products account for under one percent of the cost of a car.
BMW has confirmed it will pay a penalty of €28 million ($45.6 million), Daimler said its fine is €23.5 million ($38.2 million), and Volkswagen will cough up €48.7 million ($79.2 million).
All three carmakers have "accepted the facts established" by the commission, and their co-operation has been factored into their penalties.
The competition commission is continuing to investigate price-fixing within the German steel industry.
Meanwhile, the three German automakers are still under investigation by the European Commission for allegedly conspiring to not compete on emissions reduction technology.
This article was originally published by CarAdvice.
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