Following the unraveling of the Volkswagen diesel scandal, automakers across the globe were put under the microscope for its diesel engines and emissions. Opel was not excluded.
In fact, the brand was subject to much scrutiny over its diesel engines and how they behaved while driving in the real world. But, Reuters reports Opel has walked away unscathed from the scandal. German authorities have officially cleared the brand of any wrongdoing.
The 2.0-liter CDTi diesel four-cylinder was specifically called into question, which finds a home in the Zafira, Cascada and Insignia, after suspicious behavior during drive cycle testing. Opel did admit the Zafira model includes software to shut off exhaust treatments at specific points in time to protect the engine itself.
Opel has not released an official statement on its clearing.