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Thursday, September 24, 2015

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.”