All major diesel car brands in Europe are selling vehicles that do not comply
with air-pollution limits. The study shows Germany’s Volkswagen produces some
of the cleanest cars.
According to the report which comes in the wake of Volkswagen ‘Dieselgate’
scandal, there are 29 million 'dirty' diesel cars and vans driving on Europe's
roads today, and that number is growing. The report classifies a car as ‘dirty’
if emissions are more than three times the relevant NOx (Nitrogen oxides) limit.
“One year after the US caught Volkswagen cheating; all carmakers keep selling
grossly polluting diesel cars with the connivance of European governments...
Only a recall of all harmful diesel cars will clean up our air and restore
credibility in Europe’s legal system,” said Greg Archer, clean vehicles
director at T&E.
The researchers analyzed emissions test data from around 230 diesel car models.
They found that Fiat and Suzuki diesel cars on average pollute 15 times more
than the legal NOx limit while Renault-Nissan vehicles exceed the limit more
than 14 times. General Motors’ brands Opel-Vauxhall emissions were found to be
ten times higher than permitted levels.
The report revealed that under the new European exhaust emissions standard
called Euro 6 rules, German manufacturer Volkswagen was selling among the
cleanest diesel vehicles.
T&A, however, said that the better performance of Volkswagen Euro 6 cars had
nothing to do with Dieselgate, but with better technology choices made before
the scandal erupted.
“Volkswagen is not the carmaker producing the diesel cars with highest nitrogen
oxides emissions and the failure to investigate other companies brings disgrace
on the European regulatory system,” says Greg Archer.
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