Berlin confirms an investigation on the emissions of Opel


FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The KBA, the supervisory authority of the German automotive industry, provides for a hearing on the technologies of polluting emissions used by three of Opel models, acquired last year by SAP (PA:PEUP) Group, confirmed on Sunday the ministry of Transport.

The Bild newspaper reported in its edition on Sunday that the KBA has has reliable evidence showing that the management system of the exhaust of some diesel models of Opel switches off during driving.

“Prior to that hearing, we cannot say anything conclusive on the unlawful nature of this device, bypass,” said a spokesman for the ministry.

According to the Bild am Sonntag, approximately 60,000 Opel Cascada, Insignia and Zafira fitted with the latest technology emission Euro-6, are affected by the problem, including 10,000 in Germany.

The models affected are greater than 10 times the regulatory standards for nitrogen oxide emissions, ” continues the journal, adding that the models produced currently are not affected.

A spokesman for Opel has responded to the article saying in an email that the group had as early as December 2015, took note of the opportunities for improving its broadcast system and “inaugurated a technology initiative to improve the transparency, credibility and efficiency for the benefit of our customers.”

(Véronique Tison for the French service)

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