Dieselgate: millions of ‘extremely’ polluting cars still on Europe’s roads, says report

(The Guardian, 22 Mar 2023) The research group that first exposed the scandal say ‘it’s not over’ and that governments must act.

Thirteen million diesel cars producing “extreme” levels of toxic air pollution are still on the roads in Europe and the UK, according to a report, seven years after the Dieselgate scandal first exploded.

The non-profit research group, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), revealed in 2015 that many diesel cars were highly polluting, emitting far more nitrogen oxides on the road than in official testing. The scandal led to a more rigorous test being introduced in the EU in 2019.

However, based on extensive testing evidence, the ICCT has now revealed that about 13m highly polluting diesel vehicles sold from 2009 to 2019 remain on the roads. A further 6m diesels have “suspicious” levels of emissions, the ICCT said. The cars span 200 different models produced by all the major manufacturers.

The ICCT said the bestselling models from 2009-2019 in the EU27 and UK with “extreme” emissions are Euro 5 versions of the VW Passat and Tiguan, Renault Clio, Ford Focus and Nissan Qashqai.

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The Guardian, 22 Mar 2023: Dieselgate: millions of ‘extremely’ polluting cars still on Europe’s roads, says report