Opel passes engine emission tests in Germany

Vehicle manufacturers are under increased scrutiny following VW’s admission of cheating emission norms by installing special software.

The Federal Office for Motor Vehicles in Germany have provided their seal of approval for the diesel engines used by General Motor’s Opel unit. This increased scrutiny comes in the wake of VW’s diesel emission cheating crisis.

German weekly, Bild am Sonntag has reported that the initial doubts regarding the permissibility of engine control software have been cleared. Specifically, 2.0 CDTI engines for the Zafira and Insignia brand of cars have been cleared, said the German weekly.

While the Federal Office for Motor Vehicles was not immediately available for comment, Opel had no comments.

Earlier this year, a German investigating committee had shortlisted 30 car models which were suspicions due to the high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. These further testing comes in the wake of Volkswagen’s admission that it cheated U.S. emission tests by installing a software to deceive regulators.

Opel had earlier admitted that the engine software for its Zafira model switched off exhaust treatment systems under certain conditions.

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