Reuters reported on Sunday, via German newspaper Weekly Bild am Sonntag, Germany’s federal motor vehicle authority (KBA) has found “reliable” evidence surrounding diesel-emissions cheating. An official hearing is now scheduled over three cars, specifically.
The evidence reportedly shows exhaust treatment systems shut down while driving in the Opel Cascada, Insignia and Zafira, and some 60,000 vehicles are affected by the issue. The German authorities claim the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the affected cars is ten times the legal limit.
“Before the outcome of this hearing, nothing conclusive can be said about the inadmissibility of the defeat device,” a spokeswoman for the ministry said.
Although GM no longer owns Opel, the technology underpinning the affected cars dates back to GM.