Actions of the Cartel

What happened in this cartel?

The cartel dealt with the sales of medium and heavy trucks throughout the European Economic Area. These are large vehicles weighing more than 6 tonnes each.

The truck producers met regularly to manage the cartel. For the first few years of the cartel, this involved senior managers from the companies' head offices meeting frequently. From 2004 onward the cartel was organized at a lower level by the truck producers' subsidiaries in Germany.

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. As a result, the Commission's investigation against Scania was carried out under the standard cartel procedure.

Scania was an active member of the cartel and was responsible for organizing some of the meetings. For example, one of the invitations for a meeting sent by Scania openly stated their purpose. It read: "An exchange of information should always be the basis of our meeting and therefore I expect from every member of our group a proper preparation."

"Our group" here really means "our cartel". A properly organized one.

The European Commission has found that Scania has also broke EU antitrust rules. It 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. The Commission has imposed a fine of EUR 880 million on Scania.