BMW, Mercedes, and GM Could Be Cheating Emissions Tests as Well
11 million engines affected, $18 billion worth in fines, and one big time auto exec departure. If you haven’t already heard (sarcasm), #Dieselgate is one of the biggest scandals to ever hit the auto industry, after Volkswagen Group was found cheating EPA emission tests. But VW may not be the lone guilty party. The European Federation for Transport and Environment suggested that BMW, Mercedes, and General Motors could also be cheating the system with "defeat devices." In a report released on September 10th, it suggested that a number of manufacturers use such devices, and questions the integrity of European emissions tests as a whole. According to a report from Automotive News, the independent tests showed, “Clear discrepancies between laboratory emissions and real-world performance.” Though Volkswagen is the first to come clean about the issue, spokesman for the European Federation for Transport and Environment suggests this is, “Just the tip of the iceberg.” RELATED: Making Sense of the Volkswagen Diesel Dilemma
BMW spoke openly about the accusations, assuring the press that the vehicles meet emissions tests both on the road and in the lab. Neither the EPA nor California Air Resources Board has approached them on the issue.
General Motors hasn’t yet publicly discussed the tests, but may have a few skeletons hiding in it closet. Vauxhall chairman and Opel Ireland CEO Tim Tozer abruptly resigned from his position yesterday, citing an opportunity to, Pursue his career outside of General Motors.
Days earlier, journalists met with Tim where he showed, "No signs of a man about to leave his company,” according to Auto Express. Naturally, we can’t say for sure whether #Dieselgate and Tozer’s departure are directly connected, but the timing is disconcerting.
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We’ll know more about the issues at hand in the coming months.
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