An investigation conducted by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has revealed only VAG cars have been equipped with defeat devices.
The reveal was made in German daily Handelsblatt and according to the same publication, KBA will release the full report towards the end of the month. Last year, KBA kicked off a comprehensive testing procedure on more than 50 different models with turbodiesel engines from 23 car manufacturers to find out whether these have defeat devices meant to trick the emissions tests.
It seems only models from the Volkswagen Group were fitted with illegal hardware and/or software developed for the sole purpose of allowing the vehicles to pass the emissions tests. This latest news comes only a few days after rumors emerged about the diesel fix causing an increase in fuel consumption on the Volkswagen Passat.
On a related note, we need to remind you Volkswagen of America is getting sued by the Federal Trade Commission over the “Clean Diesel” campaign. On top of that, VoA missed at the end of last month the deadline for proposing a suitable diesel fix to satisfy U.S. regulators. In addition, Volkswagen of America is being sued by the United States Justice Department for breaching the U.S. Clean Air Act four times.
All things considered, the Dieselgate is far from being over, and it will have serious repercussions on the entire Volkswagen Group and on the German car industry altogether.