On 27 September 2017 the European Commission announced a fine of more than €880 million on Swedish heavy truck maker Scania for participating in a trucks cartel which spanned 14 years (from 1997 until 2011). The Commission found that Scania had engaged in the cartel by coordinating prices of medium and heavy trucks in the EEA, the timing for the introduction of new emissions technologies and the passing on to customers of the costs of the emissions technologies. Scania’s fine brings the truck cartel’s total fines to a record €3.8 billion, which is more than double the previous record (i.e. €1.4 billion imposed in 2012 in the TV and computer monitors cartel).

The other cartel members reached a settlement decision with the Commission in July 2016.

Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco and DAF together received fines totalling €2.92 billion, which were subject to leniency and settlement discounts. MAN received full immunity from fines for bringing the cartel to the attention of the Commission. As Scania did not agree to settle it was investigated under the full cartel procedure. Scania had not made a leniency application and was also not eligible to benefit from the standard 10 per cent settlement reduction. 

Scania has confirmed that it intends to appeal the Commission decision, stating that it “strongly contests all the findings and allegations” and will appeal against the decision “in its entirety”.