According to the Bild am Sonntag newspaper and testing by the German Federal Motor Vehicle Office, a Fiat model auto has displayed an emission control system that shut down after 22 minutes, just two minutes after a standard test.
State tests showed the Qashqai switched off its emission reduction device when the car temperature reached 35 degrees Celsius to stop the vehicle from overheating, whereas other cars waited until the temperature reached 50 degrees.
Tests on a number of Opel's diesel models had uncovered "hitherto unknown devices" that deactivate filtration systems in the engines of two of the best-selling models, Astra and Zafira.
Audi CEO: Rules were broken and “ethical boundaries have been transgressed... The burden resulting from the diesel issue has not been relieved.”
Carlos Ghosn has already saved Nissan. Now after his company has scooped up more than one-third of Mitsubishi, can he provide the lifeline for Japan’s smallest automaker?
The industry’s safety precautions included the evacuation of workers from camps and the shutdown of pipelines and power supplies.