GM’s Opel Unfazed By New Dieselgate Revelations While Brussels Ponders “Amnesty”


Today, the EU Council of Ministers is meeting in Brussels. On the agenda: To make Europe’s law against defeat devices more toothless than it already is. At first glance, defeat devices that switch off exhaust treatment seem to be as verboten in Europe as they are in the U.S. – until you read the fine print. According to EU rules, defeat devices are allowed “if the need for the device is justified in terms of protecting the engine against damage or accident and for safe operation of the vehicle.” Let’s see how that works.

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Insiders: Opel Likely To Get Away With Dieselgate Cheating, Fiat Won’t


Both GM’s Opel and  Fiat Chrysler have become the targets of serious dieselgate accusations. The companies have been in the media for months. Last week, the matter became official, and both carmakers were held accountable by German regulators. Opel met with the Germans, and most likely will get away with a stern finger-wagging, industry experts agree. Fiat stood up officials in Berlin, and the book is being thrown at the Italian maker.

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Dieselgate 2.0: Opel’s Counterattack Stalls, And Why There Are No Illegal Defeat Devices In The EU


Yesterday, GM’s European Opel arm made a huge mistake. The handbook of corporate crisis communication demands that when the company is under attack, the CEO is to be lathered with Teflon, and kept out of the line of fire as long as possible. Opel’s PR people flunked that lesson. They sent their CEO Hans-Peter Neumann to a hot propaganda front, and the boss went down in a hail of zingers.

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Dieselgate At GM: Defeat Devices Claimed To Be Found In Opel Cars


Experts from Germany’s TÜV Nord found defeat devices in diesel cars made by General Motor’s European arm, the Opel Group, reports from Germany say. According to Germany’s Spiegel Magazin, these defeat devices cause “the exhaust gas treatment in those car to be severely limited, allowing the emissions of more poisonous NOx than permissible by law. Experts say this is illegal.”

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GM under renewed #dieselgate suspicions

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Where will the next dieselgate shoe drop? Informed observers are convinced it will be at GM. This weekend, the London Times published tests that show Vauxhall’s Corsa, Astra and Vectra diesel cars as “among the most polluting models on Britain’s roads — typically emitting twice the level of toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) seen from rival manufacturers’ cars.” [Continue Reading]

Behind The Volkswagen Scandal, A “Car Cold War” Simmers

The still-unfolding Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal has earned the largest German automaker more than a week of public opprobrium in the US media, as American owners, regulators and commentators rush to condemn the most blatant case of regulatory evasion in recent automotive history. In Europe, however, the outrage at VW’s emissions manipulation is tempered by a certain amount of realpolitik. French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron has given voice to European suspicions by suggesting that American automakers are fueling the scandal for competitive purposes, and German officials have made it clear that they intend to “contain” the scandal. Grievances over auto industry issues have long been a source of friction between President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the Volkswagen scandal has brought tensions old and new spilling out into the open.


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GM brings Opel on the road to profitability – with a Russian shell game

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For the past three years, Russia was a part of China, at least in the world of GM. In January, GM’s Russian operations will be put “back under the control of its European wing,” as Reuters reports. “This will allow GM Europe to emerge more quickly from the red,” said Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, head of the CAR automotive research institute at the University of Duisburg-Essen. At least as far as the books go. [Continue Reading]

GM won’t object to PSA/Dongfeng tie-up, does not expect a big EU turn-around, has no idea about Bochum cost

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Reuters star Detroit reporter Ben Klayman had an interview with GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky  today, and a few interesting tidbits transpired. Here  they are, bulleted: [Continue Reading]