Opel at center of Germany's newest diesel scandal

German authorities have uncovered emissions irregularities in Opel cars. It is still unclear how deep this misrepresentation goes.

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Why this story matters:

If you've forgotten the VW diesel scandal that began in 2015 -- you probably don't follow the German news. Those who do have seen the diesel scandal slowly unfold over the last two years. Until this week, the scandal only affected Volkswagen and the brands that belong to it -- Porsche and Audi.

Now, the German police seem to have uncovered similar cheating software in the cars of another brand -- Opel.

Yesterday, the police searched Opel's headquarters in Ruesselheim. Today, it is still not clear how many cars had the cheating software installed, but it is clear that many Opel cars were much more harmful to the environment than the company claimed.

As a result of these findings, the German Federal Motor transport authority will recall 100,000 cars produced over the last 5 years. But the question remains -- which car maker can we trust? 

Details from the story:

  • The German transport authority has suspected Opel since 2015, but the company has evaded proper controls until this year
  • On Monday afternoon it became known that the police searched Opel's business premises on suspicion of diesel fraud.
  • According to the related EU Directive, software that reduces the efficiency of the exhaust gas purification are allowed if they protect the engine or the vehicle from possible damage. Otherwise they are illegal.

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