D he dispute between the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) and PSA subsidiary Opel has been retiring for four years. At the end of 2015, cut-off devices were found for the first time in four diesel models from the Rüsselsheim company. The manufacturer regulated this with voluntary software updates and was able to avert further steps. In 2018, however, KBA experts discovered another case and subsequently called back around 100,000 Opel diesels.
On the other hand, the Rüsselsheimers appealed and now failed in the second instance before the Higher Administrative Court Schleswig-Holstein, as reported by the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation. The recall extends to models whose software is programmed in such a way that the emission control system no longer works properly from 145 km /h or above 2,400 rpm or an ambient pressure below 915 bar. At least that's what the experts say. Zafira, Cascada and Insignia models are affected.
Already in October in the focus of the KBA
In October 2018, the Opel models Cascada, Insignia and Zafira moved out of the years 2012, 2014 and 2017 in the focus of the authority. According to 'image' information, 95,000 copies of this model series with Euro 6 standard are to have manipulated exhaust software. Opel has already reacted and started voluntary service updates for the diesel models Zafira Tourer (2.0l and 1.6l), Cascada (2.0l) and the previous generation of the Insignia (2.0l) from the years 2013 to 2016 between February 2017 and April 2018 .
In an official statement by Opel Automobile GmbH, it was said: “Originally around 31,200 vehicles in Germany were affected. More than 22,000 were converted by Opel as part of the voluntary service campaign, so that only fewer than 9,200 vehicles would be affected by the recall announced by the ministry today. ”In addition, Opel confirmed on October 15, 2018,“ that the Frankfurt public prosecutor's office at the Rüsselsheim and Kaiserslautern carries out investigations as part of an investigation into the issue of emissions. ”
Opel improved 90,000 models in 2016
The allegations are not new. In 2016, in addition to models from other car manufacturers, the KBA discovered conspicuous emissions (NOx) from Zafira Tourer, Insignia and Cascada (production until summer 2016) and obliged Opel to improve the software of 90,000 vehicles. With the models switched onsupplied system, the exhaust gas cleaning in a defined temperature window (thermal window) - this happened in most vehicles below 10 degrees Celsius, at Opel e.g. already at 17 degrees.
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