BY IAN CAMERON
Scania has filed an appeal against the European Commission’s decision to fine it €880 million (approximately US$1.03 billion) over truck cartel claims. In the appeal, Scania said it contests the findings and allegations made in the Commission’s decision.
The Swedish, truck, bus and engine maker said it has not entered into any pan-European agreement with other manufacturers regarding pricing. Also, the company has not delayed the introduction of new engines compliant with European Union legislation for exhaust emissions, it claims
On 27 September 2017, the European Commission adopted a decision holding Scania liable to pay a fine for allegedly having participated in “inappropriate exchanges of information and collusion with other European truck manufacturers regarding pricing and the introduction of emissions technologies during the period of 1997-2011.”
The European Commission said it had found that Scania broke EU antitrust rules. The Commission said the company colluded for 14 years with five other truck manufacturers on truck pricing and on passing on the costs of new technologies to meet stricter emission rules.
In July 2016 the Commission reached a settlement decision concerning the trucks cartel with MAN, DAF, Daimler, Iveco and Volvo/Renault. Scania decided not to settle this cartel case with the Commission, unlike the other five participants in the trucks cartel, the Commission said. As a result, the Commission’s investigation against Scania was carried out under the standard cartel procedure, it added.