Diesel Car Emissions in Europe Much Higher Than Testing Levels, Says Study

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Volkswagen made headlines in 2015 when it was exposed for cheating on federal emissions testing in the United States. The German auto company programmed emissions control devices to activate only during lab testing, allowing 11 million vehicles to meet those emission standards.

This meant millions of vehicles were producing emissions up to 40 times higher than the federal limit in real-world driving conditions. 

Now, a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology revealed this could be a far more common occurrence than expected, especially in Europe. The MIT team studied 10 major automakers that produced diesel cars and models between 2000 and 2015.

On the whole, the team found that those cars created up to 16 times


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