The ministry will continue to test vehicles given that the emissions issue is nowhere near solved. Already, Germany has threatened to ban sales of Fiat Chrysler vehicles because the automaker has allegedly installed a so-called defeat device that deactivates emissions controls after the car is running for 22 minutes, according to Bild Am Sonntag. With FCA being thrown into the same boat as Volkswagen, the automaker is denying that it's used any emissions-cheating devices. Additionally, General Motors' Opel division in Europe has said its Zafira has software that disengages exhaust treatment under certain circumstances, though is denying that the inclusion of such a device is illegal.
All the while, the eight-month-old VW scandal remains in flux. On one hand, Reuters is also reporting that the automaker is making "substantial progress" in reaching a settlement with almost a half-million US VW owners and the US government. Specifically, US District Judge Charles Breyer says Volkswagen may file its proposed settlements with the car owners, US Justice Department and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by June 21. At the same time, three European investor groups are calling for an independent investigation into the VW situation, saying that the current probe lacks transparency.