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Another German carmaker is facing serious emissions allegations. After VW, BMW and Daimler, German Transport Authority (known as KBA) knocked at the doors of Opel. The famous company with 150-year long history has been accused of manipulating exhaust emissions. It resulted in a recall of almost 100,000 vehicles from all around the world.

As time goes by, diesel emission scandals are getting bigger and bigger dimensions. It all started with the, now famous, Diesel-gate scandal three years ago. It turned out that Volkswagen has been manipulating with emission numbers for more than a decade. Soon after, all German carmakers became targets of KBA and state authorities.

Recently bought by PSA, Opel has been accused of falsifying exhaust emissions by using similar tools as VW – manipulating exhaust software. So far, we haven’t heard anything from either PSA or previous owner, General Motors. On the other side, Opel’s officials gave a short statement, which was expected, considering that the recall was public.

Here are the words from Opel’s officials: “We cannot comment on details concerning the ongoing investigation at this moment in time. The company is fully cooperating with the authorities. Opel reaffirms that its vehicles comply with the applicable regulations.”

What we know so far is that more than 95,000 vehicles will be recalled. This refers not only to the German market but for models that came out from factory lines from around the world. It includes Opel’s subsidiary brand, Vauxhall as well. According to the latest reports, three models that are affected most are Cascada, Insignia, and Zafira. So far, these three models have been discovered to feature defeat devices.

It all started almost a year ago. By early 2018, five defeat devices have been discovered in three mentioned models. Naturally, KBA suspects on all units that came out from the track with oil burners. According to KBA emission tests, these engines exceed allowed emissions more than 10 times! The agency tried to force Opel to recall its models a few times this year. The previous attempt was in July when Berlin Transport Ministry started to question Opel and its emission standards issues.

The renowned carmaker managed to delay the recall so far, but the latest statement from KBA officials clearly indicates that this won’t be the case anymore. According to the officials, official recall of three models is expected very soon.

As you can see, German carmakers struggle with the latest emissions regulations. Regulations on nitrogen oxides are getting tougher every year, not to mention that many cities in Germany already banned older-generation diesel-powered cars. Diesel is still No1. fuel in this part of the world but it looks like electrified cars will take over its place sooner than most of us would expect. Many experts believe that this diesel scandal could easily spread outside German borders and hit other major carmakers from Europe as well.


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