Searches were held, Monday, October 15, at Opel. The German manufacturer, a subsidiary of PSA, is in the crosshairs of the authorities in the context of the scandal of diesel engines-fixing. Opel, meanwhile, clarified that the raids were related to the headquarters in Rüsselsheim, near Frankfurt, as well as its location in Kaiserslautern.
In July, the German ministry of transport had announced a ” hearing official against Opel in relation to three models of the [standard diesel] Euro 6 “.
The tabloid Bild had claimed that the federal Agency for the automotive KBA, supervision of the German automotive industry, has ” solid evidence “, according to which the management system of the exhaust of some diesel models Opel gets completely shutdown while driving “, for reasons which are not explicable technically “. Citing a complaint of the KBA, Bild reported on Monday that the searches were on suspicion of “illegal handling” of the software installed on some 95 000 vehicle templates, Insignia, Zafira and Cascada years 2012, 2014 and 2017.
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Opel claims to “fully cooperate with authorities” and insists on the fact that their cars ” will respect the standards in force “. The French group PSA, which acquired the German brand in the summer of 2017, declined to speak on the subject. The services of a criminal investigation and those of the public prosecutor’s office, state of Hesse, could not be reached in the immediate future.
The scandal of diesel engines-fixing broke out in September 2015, after the agency u.s. environmental (EPA) had accused Volkswagen have equipped eleven million of its diesel cars, of which about 600 000 the United States, a free software that can distort the test results to pollution control and concealing emissions in excess of sometimes up to 40 times the approved standards.
Since then, several prosecutors in germany have opened investigations for fraud, manipulation of Stock prices or false advertising against executives of Volkswagen.
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