In the wake of the Volkswagen diesel-emissions scandal, the country's automobile regulators are retesting hordes of vehicles, Reuters says. The latest problem is that Germany's Motor Transport Authority (KBA) and Greenpeace disagree over data from Daimler's Smart ForTwo and the Opel Astra. Greenpeace says the emissions levels exceed the emissions limits. The KBA says the test results were used as "input measurements" used to determine if certain used cars are working properly enough to be accurately tested.
The issue springs up about six months after Volkswagen was discovered to have installed so-called "cheat software" in its diesel vehicles, where emissions levels would be underreported during testing. Daimler, when contacted by Reuters, declined to comment, saying it hadn't seen the report, while Opel, which is General Motors' Germany subsidiary, says it wasn't aware of the testing results.
Back in 2011, some Greenpeace folks dressed up in Imperial Stormtroopers outfits to protest VW diesels' less-than-honest eco friendliness (boy, were they prescient) outside a meeting of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (Acea) in Brussels. The Star Wars reference was to due VW's Darth Vader Passat commercial, and Greenpeace kept at it through the following year. By 2013, though, Volkswagen and Greenpeace leaders reached an agreement of sorts on the methods VW would cut emissions levels through 2020. It's nice to once again see Greenpeace get a little testy, for lack of a better term.