Car manufacturers have denied that emissions rigging are an industry-wide issue in Europe.
Following the US revelations that Volkswagen had been rigging the emissions-tests in the States, the ACEA - which represents the 15 Europe-based car, van, truck and bus manufacturers – said that although it recognises the seriousness of the situation, there was no evidence that this is an industry-wide issue.
Volkswagen has recalled 482,000 VW and Audi cars in the US after the Environment Protection Agency found models with Type EA 189 engines had been fitted with a device designed to reduce emissions of nitrous oxide under test conditions. - a device that may be fitted to 11m vehicles worldwide.
In a statement, ACEA pointed out that legal requirements concerning motor vehicle pollutant emissions currently refer to a test cycle performed under common laboratory conditions.
Shortly, Euro 6 will require for the first time emissions testing of diesel cars under realistic driving conditions, making Europe the only region in the world to implement such real world testing for cars.
ACEA added: “The automotive industry is fully supporting the development of this new Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test in order to ensure a more robust control on emissions. ACEA hopes that the RDE testing conditions and timings can be finalised urgently, so that the industry can get RDE-compliant vehicles into the market as soon as possible.”
It concluded: “ACEA will continue to engage with the European Commission and national governments to address the current challenges and ensure that trust and confidence in the car industry and clean diesel technology are maintained.”