German authorities clear Opel diesel motor – report

A view reveals the logo of Opel on a car in Moscow, Russia, July 6, 2016.

Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev

Germany’s Federal Office for Motor Automobiles has approved diesel engines of General Motors’ (GM.N) Opel system, after preliminary doubts about whether the engine control software application was permissible, weekly Bild am Sonntag reported. Engines of the 2.0 CDTI type which are developed into Insignia, Cascada or Zafira branded cars have actually been cleared, the paper reported. Opel had no comment while the Federal Office for Motor Vehicles was not right away readily available for remark.

A German examining committee earlier this year shortlisted 30 vehicle designs which showed suspiciously high levels of co2 (CO2) emissions for more screening after Volkswagen (VOWG_p. DE) admitted it cheated U.S. emissions tests by installing software application capable of tricking regulators.

Among the carmakers under examination was Opel which had actually confessed that its Zafira design consists of engine software application that switches off exhaust treatment systems under particular scenarios.

( Reporting by Arno Schuetze; Editing by Adrian Croft).

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