World Car News #Update
Public criticism of the German auto industry has escalated after a report that an industry-sponsored entity commissioned a study of the effects of diesel exhaust using monkeys, while another study exposed humans to low levels of one type of air pollutant.
The German government released the condemnation for the act yesterday and various German automakers commenced distancing themselves from the act.
Volkswagen chairman was heard saying, “in the name of the whole board I emphatically disavow such practices.”
Daimler AG said it was “appalled by the nature and extent of the studies” and said that, though it didn’t have any influence on the studies’ design, “we have launched a comprehensive investigation into the matter.”
BMW said that it “did not participate in the mentioned study” on animals “and distances itself from this study.” It said it was investigating the work and background of the research group.
The Times report said the group that commissioned the studies, known by German initial EUGT, got all of its funding from the three automakers. The study was carried out on 25 subjects, mostly students, to low levels of nitrogen dioxide like those that could be found in the environment — from a 40-liter bottle, not a diesel engine. The individuals gave informed written consent for the study, which was approved by the ethics committee of the university’s medical faculty, according to the study.
German Transport Minister, Christian Schmidt mentioned that he had no prior understanding of the test and has called for immediate and detailed responses from the three automakers.