Opel accused of manipulating emissions dataOctober 16, 2018
The Ministry of Transport of Germany demanded to withdraw 100 thousand Opel cars as part of an investigation into the manipulation of data on harmful emissions of diesel engines. In 2016, the manufacturer acknowledged the presence of special software that disables the exhaust gas cleaning system under certain conditions, but insisted that it was used legally, thanks to a loophole in environmental legislation.
According to Reuters, in 2015, the German Ministry discovered on the Opel models four different devices with software that allow changing the level of emissions of harmful substances. The fifth device was found in early 2018, which was reported to the prosecutor’s office in Frankfurt in April. Last Monday, officers conducted searches at the Opel factories in Rüsselsheim and Kaiserslautern.
Opel management, in a statement, rejects any allegations of manipulating the level of emissions of harmful substances and delaying the investigation. If the Ministry of Transport decides to announce the recall of Cascada, Insignia and Zafira cars, the German manufacturer will challenge it in court. The PSA Alliance, which owns Opel since 2017, declined to comment.
Volkswagen became the first automaker accused of using special software that underestimates data on the amount of harmful emissions of diesel models when tested at the stand. Because of the scandal caused by this, brand management had to resign. The company has withdrawn more than 11 million cars, and the amount of lawsuits and fines amounted to 90 billion dollars.