Following the Volkswagen emissions debacle, General Motors’ U.K. subsidiary, Vauxhall, has sent a statement to its fleet managers reassuring them that no Vauxhall vehicle — such as the all-new Astra — utilizes “defeat devices.” We’ve taken the liberty of sharing the statement with you below,
Our GM designed software has no features that detect that a vehicle is undergoing emission test cycles. Both at GM as well as at Vauxhall and Opel.
Allow us to summarise how we deal with the topic of emission management in general.We would emphasise that GM has processes in place to proactively ensure robust emission compliance. This is done by global and regional compliance strategy review boards. These global processes ensure that our products comply with all vehicle emission regulations applicable to the markets in which they are sold.
We are committed to the robust emissions compliance of all our vehicles. We expect our employees to be informed and act legally and ethically, without exception.
Also, it is important to understand that what has happened with one of our main competitors does not mean that there is a general problem with diesels. We are among the leading companies for modern diesel technology, targeting the lowest pollutant emissions. Modern diesel drivetrains are key to achieving future European climate protection targets. The Euro 6 standard, which has been binding for all new registrations since the beginning of this month, protects both the environment and consumers.We know that there is a lot of discussion about moving from the current emissions testing to new, more stringent consumption tests (World Light Vehicle Test Procedure) and exhaust measurements on the roads (Real-world Driving Emissions regulation) to reduce the differences between the test bench and the roads in the future. We are an active participant here on all discussion levels and once the new regulations are in place, we will of course comply.
We take this discussion very seriously and we consider it a matter of great importance that we are open and transparent in this matter too. We will continue to put the customer at the centre of everything we do and listen intently to our customers’ needs.
The GM Authority Take
To some, this may seem like Vauxhall is kicking VW while the latter down. We, on the other hand, see this as Vauxhall taking the initiative and reassuring its customers before any false claims could be made. More importantly, the message shows that Vauxhall will continue to put the customer first.
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