The mysterious and elusive Quandt family is in hot water again, nearly two years after its Nazi connections during World War II were exposed. The German family's patriarch, Herbert Quandt, nearly single-handedly saved BMW from being bought out by Daimler-Benz in 1959. Now, three living family members own nearly half of the German brand, and stand accused of buying votes with donations to the party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, mere days ahead of a European Union vote that would cap vehicle emissions.

Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union accepted three donations, one from each shareholding member of the Quandt family.

Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union accepted three donations, one from each shareholding member of the Quandt family, totaling 690,000 euros ($935,000), on October 9. The CDU, for what it's worth, claim the donations weren't related to any political decisions and that the family have been donors for years. A Quandt family spokesperson, meanwhile, said that the family had been waiting for Germany's September 22 elections to pass before making a large contribution to the CDU.

The CDU's two chief rivals have seized on the story, with a former Green Party leader posting on Twitter that the Quandts "bought Merkel's climate policy on October 9 for 690,000 euros," according to Automotive News Europe. Social Democrat Joachim Poss, meanwhile, said the timing of the donation relative to the vote was "grist to the mill for all those critical of party donations."

The vote, which critics have said would hurt BMW and Mercedes-Benz, would cap carbon emissions on new vehicles to just 95 grams per kilometer beginning in 2020. It was scrapped, however, after German-led resistance among EU environment ministers. For reference, a UK-market BMW 116d EfficientDynamics, with 116 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque produces 99 grams of CO2 per kilometer, while an ActiveHybrid 3 pumps out 139 grams of CO2 per klick.

As it stands, the Quandts went by the book in this donation, registering the donation with the German parliament, a requirement for any contributions over 50,000 euros ($67,700), according to ANE.


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      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      " Now, three living family members own nearly half of the German brand, and stand accused of buying votes with donations to the party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, mere days ahead of a European Union vote that would cap vehicle emissions" And WHAT IS WRONG with "buying votes"? Corporations lobbying the government is GOOD, regardless of what the progressive who want government to control all parts of society say. The government should serve the interests of corporations, which provide JOBS, rather than pander to the wants of the ignorant masses of commoners.
        LoneWolf
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Shouldn't a government be concerned about their citizens before corporations?
        Bassracerx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        the government should not serve corporations of businesses they should serve PEOPLE. the person who provides all the jobs should not have any more say than all the people who work for him. Money should not equal power but it does and always will.
          Teleny411
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bassracerx
          Sorry-meant to give you a thumbs-up!
        Gator
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        **** happens daily in Merica!!
        poopoohead100
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Except that corporations don't lobby to create jobs. Corporations lobby to make more profit.
        1454
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        No, the government should serve as a protector of liberty and NOTHING else. There should be no tax breaks(or anything other than excise taxes really) and these companies should get no kickbacks from the government for xyz either. On the flip side, there shouldn't be massive regulations on business either, it should be the EDUCATED consumer that chooses to buy a big polluting SUV or a econobox. Let the market decide, that's what the founders intended. (at least at the time of writing the constitution anyway, not so much 5 years later.)
        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Your statement reads like you approve of social Darwinist fascism?
      Marcello
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a disgusting example of "yellow journalism" from Autoblog. Your headline says that the Quandt family is in "hot water", which is completely false. The very end of the article even states that the family "went by the book" for the donation. Add in the gratuitous mention of "Nazi ties", which have absolutely nothing to do with the living family members, and what we end up with is an article that turns the stomach of any thinking person that reads it. Is Autoblog so in the tank for the Greens and the anti-CO2 crowd that the writers and editors would stoop so low, to attempt to smear the reputation of a family that simply made a by-the-book political donation? Absolutely sickening.
      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm no BMW fanboy, but I am baffled as to why the Quandt family would have been "in hot water over its Nazi connections during WWll". That was over 70 years ago which means no one alive today had anything to do with any of that. Those who are are about a hundred years old now, literally. People love drama I guess...
      xspeedy
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should be in hot water for letting the BMW brand fall into a state of disrepair.
        Seal Rchin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @xspeedy
        Last time i checked BMWs were as popular as ever and company was making money hand over fist. Let's be honest here, you are on welfare and live with your mom, you never sat in a BMW, you probably only see the tires of cars thru your basement window in any case. Now go and mack off or whatever else you were planning to do.
        xspeedy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @xspeedy
        @Seal, you are an ignorant fool that appears to have to resort to child like insults. The problems with brand dilution come with time, they are not instant.
          Where's the cheese?
          • 1 Year Ago
          @xspeedy
          Just out of curiosity, what do you drive really? Cuz, by saying the BMW brand, which always falls in the top three auto brands worth the most amount of money, is in disrepair makes me wonder if you're even old enough to drive a car. Yes the F10 5 series is disappointing compared to the E39 and even the E60 but it's still not a bad car overall. The competition is catching up but is not blowing BMW out of the water. So it sounds like you're sour-graping.
          Bassracerx
          • 1 Year Ago
          @xspeedy
          Agreed man bmw used to be dedicated to manual transmissions and now they are disappearing. I don't want a slushbox in my car especially not a luxury one that is supposed to be fast. i dont care how many speeds the auto has or how fast it shifts i don't want the car to drive itself. If bmw doesent offer a stick i'll shop somewhere else and if nobody does i will be perfectly content to drive older cars. they may get less gas milage but you don't pay as much for the car itself so it evens out. and technology can allways be added by the aftermarket if you really want it.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      ******* nazis. And I say this as a German.
      telm12345
      • 1 Year Ago
      One more reason to add to the pile of reasons why not to buy a BMW (aside from Nazi connections and ridiculous pricing). This is just a shame.
        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @telm12345
        Whaaaat?? BMW has Nazi connections?? That's just horrible. Good thing people from the other German manufacturers never benefited from the control by the Nazis. Oh wait
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Quandt family made a fortune off the Holocaust. They undermined Democracy in the 1930s and are apparently still at it.., I'm sorry to hear this news. I don't believe, although I may be mistaken, that the Quandt family never compensated any of the victims of their Nazi era takeovers and slave laborers.
        Bassracerx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Teleny411
        yup they made all the planes for the luftwaffe and are still producing products that are bought all over the world
      postpast
      • 1 Year Ago
      Trying to find connections to Nazis today is crazy. Just after WW2 both the Us, Russia and there allies were salivating at the chance to get hold of Nazis scientists. a lot of Nazis best scientist(the ones making Germany super weapons) got paid and treated very well by the US shortly after the war. The space race was largely between Nazis and now 60 years latter people are getting offender about Nazis connections.
      driver1439
      • 1 Year Ago
      Guess BMW technology is not as good as they want people to think.....
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still enmeshed in far right wing politics...
        FuelToTheFire
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Teleny411
        And do you want me to tell you how much Soros has contributed to the DNC?
          Seal Rchin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
          How dare you. You are a RACIST.
          nsxrules
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
          Soros has invested well over $1 billion to the DNC and thei allies to promote destructive left wing agendas
          FuelToTheFire
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
          Lol, Seal. I see where you're coming from with that one. I especially live it when progressives on the Internet accuse me of being "racist" when they can't defend their pitiful little artumentts. Little known fact which they are shocked to hear: I'm a MINORITY (Indian Muslim).
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      I doubt this has much to do with the emissions legislation, I think Quandt family sees Merkel as someone who is brave and strong enough to lead Germany as a dominant EU power. Plus Merkel has an excellent relationship with Putin. Say what you will about Germany and Merkel, but they are the ones who are keeping EU afloat, certainly not France and most categorically not UK.
        FuelToTheFire
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
        The EU is a cesspool. This is what happens when you have a totalitarian government pandering to the whims of the ignorant masses of commoners who are too stupid to know what's good for them, and oppresses hardworking people with regulations and sky-high taxes. Merkel is one of the few conservative Europeans out there, and as such, knows that corporations are the entities which create jobs. Being business friendly is making the economy stronger.
          Daniel D
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
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          • 1 Year Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
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          icemilkcoffee
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
          A totalitarian government doesnt pander to commoners. You got totalitarianism and democracy mixed up.
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