Next week, officials from General Motors’ German subsidiary, Opel, will face a French panel examining the automotive industry in the aftermath of the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Officials from German automaker Mercedes-Benz have been asked to join Opel.
According to Denis Baupin, a member of parliament as well as of the panel known as the Royal Committee, U.S. and German carmakers will face the panel on January 28th. The panel follows the discovery of widespread misrepresentation of diesel engine emissions by German auto giant Volkswagen as well as last week’s discovery that vehicles from French carmaker Renault exceed emissions limits. Renault, which has a wide-ranging business and technology partnership with Nissan, saw its share price tumble following the emissions discovery.
For the time being, it appears that that the purpose of the panel that GM-Opel and Mercedes-Benz have been asked to attend is to discover whether or not other automakers besides VW have surpassed the emissions limits.
“There are also other brands that exceed the limits,” said Energy Minister Segolene Royal, after whom the panel is named, to TV channel i<TELE. “My goal is to ensure that everyone respects standards and that engines are tuned to protect the health of the French”, Royal stated.