Foreign carmakers are feeling the heat in China with the news that Mercedes has been found guilty of price-fixing concerning after-sales services.
The copmpetition regulator could now fine Mercedes up to 10 percent of its 2013 Chinese revenues as a punishment under a 2008 anti-monopoly law.
In recent weeks all Germany’s carmakers in China have slashed their spare parts prices in anticipation of such a ruling and the Chinese authorities are actively investigating a number of other foreign brands.
The ruling contained the observation that a C class Mercedes in spares would cost 12 times more than a complete model bought new from the showroom.
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