Swiss experts have accused GM in violation of environmental requirements in Opel Zafira


Moscow. October 23. Swiss experts on the background of the “scandal diesel” Volkswagen accused General Motors (GM) in violation of the European standards for emissions of oxides of nitrogen in the Opel Zafira – one of the most popular models of GM vehicles with a diesel engine, writes the Financial Times.

According to scientists from the University of applied Sciences in Bern, the emissions in the Opel Zafira with the 1.6 liter engine in some cases exceed the applicable standards of Euro-6 in 17 times. The tests were carried out by order of the German environmental organization Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH).

General Motors, which owns the brand Opel, denies the allegations.

The results of the tests DUH reported that the concentration of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the exhaust can drastically change depending on the mode of testing. During the rotation of the rear wheels during normal driving, the concentration exceeded the norm by 2-4 times; if the lock indicator corresponded to the norm, but only at a speed less than 150 km/h. Opel Zafira has front-wheel drive.

European regulators want to introduce new laboratory tests and validation of automobile emissions on the roads, starting from 2017.

In September it became known that in diesel engines EA189 Volkswagen was installed, which during the tests was possible to reduce the recorded amount of pollutants emitted into the atmosphere.

In this regard a Volkswagen is going to recall about 11 million vehicles. In addition, the company offers the fines of government agencies in many countries and hundreds of trials in the private sector.