Report: The Only Automaker to Use a Defeat Device Is Volkswagen

This German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has found that Volkswagen is the only automaker to use a defeat device after testing more than 50 diesel-powered cars made by 23 different manufacturers. Therefore, it does look like Volkswagen has been caught red-handed once again.
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List of cars investigated by the KBA over the Dieselgate scandal
There is not a single soul who visits an automotive website that is not at least remotely aware of how Volkswagen cheated everyone by installing defeat devices in its turbo diesel-powered cars. As a refresher, the peeps at the German Federal Motor Transport Authority decided late last year to verify if Volkswagen was the sole black sheep of the lot. This isn’t so much of a surprise, but rather an expectation: Volkswagen is the black sheep.

Automotive News Europe cites German daily Handelsblatt on the results of the investigation. The German Federal Motor Transport Authority will release an official report on the subject at the end of April, which will clarify how much NOx the tested cars produce under controlled and in real-world conditions.

Some of the vehicles that are being investigated by the agency are the following:

- BMW 3 Series
- BMW 5 Series
- MINI 3-door hatchback
- Mercedes-Benz C-CLass
- Mercedes-Benz CLS
- Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
- Mercedes-Benz V-Class
- Smart ForTwo
- Alfa Romeo Giulietta
- Fiat Panda
- Fiat Ducato
- Jeep Cherokee
- Ford Focus
- Ford C-Max
- Volvo V60
- Opel Astra
- Opel Insignia
- Opel Zafira
- Chevrolet Cruze
- Honda HR-V
- Hyundai ix35
- Hyundai i20
- Range Rover Evoque
- Mazda6
- Mitsubishi ASX
- Nissan Navara
- Peugeot 308
- Dacia (an unnamed model with the “Motortyp SD” 1.5 dCi engine)
- Renault Kadjar
- Toyota Auris
- Audi A3
- Audi A6
- Porsche Macan
- Volkswagen Polo
- Volkswagen Golf
- Volkswagen Golf SportsVan
- Volkswagen Beetle
- Volkswagen Passat
- Volkswagen Touran
- Volkswagen Touareg
- Volkswagen Amarok
- Volkswagen Crafter

This bit of news comes right after Volkswagen missed the US deadline for the plan to fix its diesel cars. At the end of March, the manufacturer has taken another blow by getting sued by the Federal Trade Commission for its deceptive Clean Diesel ads. From any way you look at it, the German automaker is on a downward spiral. The thing is, this is worrisome, especially for the car-making industry in Germany.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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