General Motors and Opel likely breathed a collective sigh of relief following German authorities’ clearing of the brand and its diesel engines. Opel was called out and questioned after three of its vehicles fitted with the 2.0-liter CDTi diesel engine were accused of emissions-cheating software.
WardsAuto reports GM’s Global Propulsion Systems chief, Dan Nicholson, wouldn’t chase the rabbit hole after being asked about the accusations. Rather, it was time to move on.
“Not going there,” Nicholson says on the sidelines of the 2016 CAR Management Briefing Seminars.
Opel furiously defended itself from accusations through the entire process, despite admitting to one vehicle’s tendency to shut off exhaust gas treatments at certain speeds and temperatures. However, Opel explained this was done out of safety of the engine.
Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann consistently called the allegations “misleading oversimplifications and misinterpretations” of complex technology.
In the meantime, Nicholson stated he will continue to press both European and U.S. officials for greater transparency over emission regulations. He also reiterated the scandals will not slow GM’s development of diesels for the U.S.
“We continue to see the U.S. as the largest growth market for diesels,” he stated.