Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) will report that only the Volkswagen Group are guilty of using defeat devices to lower test emissions.
With all the furore over the Volkswagen Defeat Devcce scandal, a question on everyone’s lips was: “Are other car makers using Defeat Devices to scam emissions tests?”
To answer that question, Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has been busy testing 50 different models from 23 different car manufacturers to try and find any evidence of a defeat device. And it seems they have found nothing.
Reuters is reporting that German daily Handelsblatt has revealed that the report from KBA, due at the end of April, will find no evidence of defeat devices in any of the cars they tested.
It does seem there were anomalies between real world use and test results, but all the irregularities were within legal limits and, frankly, no one expects the same results in the real world as those achieved in the test cycle.
So it looks like VW is the only car maker on the hook for using software and hardware to create false emission test results, and the fall-out from that looks set to continue.
VW are still struggling to come up with a fix for diesel-engined cars in the USA, and reports say the defeat device ‘fix’ already being rolled out in Germany has been halted over concerns the changes made affect fuel consumption.
The dieselgate crisis still has a long way to rumble on. But only for VW, it would seem.