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Opel Danmark pays fine of DKK 8.25 million

08. November 2016

Opel Danmark A/S has entered into a settlement and accepted to pay a fine of DKK 8.25 million for infringing the Danish Competition Act. The company instructed its dealers to sell used leasing, rental and demo cars at fixed prices.

Director of the Competition and Consumer Authority Jakob Hald says:

"Opel Danmark has infringed the Danish Competition Act’s prohibition on resale price maintenance by setting minimum prices for the sale of used leasing, rental and demo cars. This is an offence and harmful to the consumers. But we’re pleased that Opel Danmark contacted the authorities on the matter themselves."

In the period from mid-2010 to February 2014, Opel Danmark infringed the Danish Competition Act’s prohibition on resale price maintenance by routinely instructing Opel dealers to use minimum prices for used leasing, rental and demo cars.

Opel Danmark communicated to dealers that the fixed prices were to ensure that the prices of used Opel cars did not drop.

On this basis, Opel Danmark has therefore accepted a fine of DKK 8.25 million. The size of the fine takes into account the gravity and duration of the infringement as well as the company's turnover. Moreover, emphasis has been placed to the fact that Opel Danmark contacted the authorities themselves and that Opel Danmark has a compliance programme aimed, among other things, at ensuring that the company complies with the Danish Competition Act.