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Certain C-Class Mercedes-model shows elevated levels of nitrogen oxide emissions
According to media reports in January 2016, the Dutch Organisation for Applied Science Research (TNO) found that a certain C-Class Mercedes-model emitted up to 40 times more nitrogen oxide (NOx) when tested in real life conditions compared to laboratory tests. According to Daimler, the measurement results were discussed by representatives of the company with the TNO and were classified as plausible. Further, the company issued a statement, rejecting the interpretation that possible deviations between test-bench measurements and measurements made during real driving conditions can only be explained by manipulation. more...
New evaluation of Renault
Emissions tests conducted by a French governmental commission in January 2016, found significantly increased emission values in Renault cars. According to the commission’s preliminary findings, significantly increased emissions of NOx and CO2 were found in real life tests as compared to laboratory conditions. Renault had to admit that the emission control system for NOx used in the affected cars only worked between 17 and 35 degree Celsius outdoor temperature. In practice, this means that the system is not working for many months of the year. With regard to the increased emission values for CO2, no detailed information is available yet on signs for a manipulation that goes beyond the customary deviations between laboratory and real life tests in the car industry. more...