Volkswagen might not be the only automaker exposed for diesel emissions testing.
According to a recent report from DailyKanban, 10 to 15 cases of “outright diesel cheating by a number of large automakers” will be exposed within two to three weeks. The announcement will be made by either the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) or by Germany’s Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH). Recently, German NGO DUH recently pointed out that GM’s Opel is a main suspect for organized diesel cheating and Britain’s Leeds University published tests showing that Opel and Vauxhall vehicles are “among the most polluting models on Britain’s roads.” It is believed that three of the 10 to 15 cases will involve Opel-branded vehicles.
In addition, it is being reported that the method used to cheat diesel emissions tests range from “the crude to the highly sophisticated.” In other words, Volkswagen’s defeat device would look pedestrian compared to some of the other methods being used by automakers. Some cars are believed to even have the location of government-approved testing labs programmed in their GPS-guided computers.
Ever since the Volkswagen diesel scandal broke in September, automakers with diesel models have been under scrutiny and investigation including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota.
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