General Motors’ Opel division recently came under fire after a TV magazine and a non-governmental agency by the name of Deutche Umwelthilfe called out the Zafira MPV for polluting 15-percent more than stated.
The Opel Zafira, which is powered by the 1.6-liter CDTI engine, has once again been cleared to show it is within governmental regulations for CO2 emissions, and the vehicle does not house any sort of software or “defeat device” to recognize when the vehicle is undergoing emissions testing.
Opel stated the TV magazine assumed an incorrect certification value, leading to its claims of a 15-percent higher emissions output by the Zafira and its diesel engine.
The official statement reads as follows:
We made it clear to the journalist on numerous occasions, both verbally and in writing, that his conclusions are not permissible and scientifically untenable. In our opinion, this kind of coverage is neither objective nor thorough and is only intended to disorient the consumers and damage Opel’s reputation. The TV magazine Monitor has thus apparently allowed itself to be used by the Deutsche Umwelthilfe whose accusations have already been proved false and deceptive on numerous occasions.