Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann. File picture: Denis Balibouse / Reuters.

Moscow - Opel is disputing the results of a joint investigation into car emissions by Spiegel magazine, ARD television's Monitor program and the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) watchdog, the head of the company said on Tuesday.

Opel came under scrutiny after US environmental protection authorities accused Volkswagen of installing software that cheats diesel engine emissions tests. The widely publicised scandal prompted Germany to create an investigative commission. The investigation concluded that the Opel Zafira and Opel Astra were equipped with software similar to Volkswagen's falsifiers.

“DUH, Monitor and Spiegel produce an impression that they have found new evidence on the use of unprecedented illegal devices by Opel that distort the emission data. These allegations are false. As we said earlier, Opel does not have any illegal software. Our engines meet the legal standards,” Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said in an open statement.

He expressed hope that the authorities shared the company's point of view, promising to provide the public with more information after discussing the issue with the government.

Sputnik

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