General Motors’ Opel subsidiary has recently come under fire for “illegal defeat devices” in its vehicles. While it has issued what seems like dozens of statements over the matter, Forbes decided to pick apart the latest, helping to digest what’s really going on with the brand’s diesel emissions.
Long story short, there is some cheating going on, but Opel has done a better job at bending the European Union’s rules and regulations in its favor. Speaking to experts and insiders, each accusation brought before Opel has a valid explanation, but each could also be used for some very serious cheating, too.
For example: Opel was accused of switching off exhaust treatment at temperatures below 20C, and above 30C.
Opel: “It aims to protect the engine and meets legal requirements.”
Experts say: “True. However, coincidentally, exhaust tests are performed between 20C and 30C. That temperature window is being exploited by some in the industry.”
Experts agreed Opel has adhered to the EU’s rules and regulations while taking advantage of the flexibility of EU laws, with some insiders saying they were “impressed” by the technical sophistication Opel has gone through to clean itself up from this scandal.
So, it’s likely Opel will walk away unscathed (unlike rival Volkswagen). Perhaps it will be shaking in its boots, but it will be unscathed nonetheless.