Volkswagen Scandal: Germany Now Testing 23 Car Brands For Emissions

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Volkswagen's Diesel Gate scandal has triggered the German Transport Agency to test emission of 23 car brands in the country. These brands include domestic as well as international companies.

Volkswagen had earlier admitted that around 11 million cars worldwide were fitted with a so-called defeat device software that shows lower emission, compared to real world emission. The device detects if a car is being tested and lowers emission gases.

In real world conditions, the Volkswagen's 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engines emitted 40 times the permissible limit of nitrogen oxides.

Keeping the above fact in mind, the German Transport Agency is now testing 23 different car brands, which include Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Honda, Fiat, Toyota, Land Rover, Renault, and Volvo.

According to the agency, two-thirds of the test has been carried out, and some vehicles show elevated emissions. The spokesperson, Stephan Immen, did not mention any particular brand, but said the agency is in contact with the concerned carmakers.

Recently, tests conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that vehicles manufactured by Audi and Porsche equipped with the V6 diesel engine also polluted higher than what is allowed, which has led Porsche to issue a stop-sale notice in North America.

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Story first published: Friday, November 13, 2015, 14:13 [IST]
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