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Following recent media reports that Opel is using an illegal emissions software, the CEO of General Motors’ division rejected allegations through a statement.

The German authorities are investigating Fiat and Opel, following an inquiry over emissions levels of all automakers’ diesel models in the country, summoning their representatives for a meeting to give further explanations. This move has been urged by a recent investigation by Spiegel magazine, ARD television’s Monitor program and Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) green group claiming that Opel Astra and Zafira 1.6-liter diesels and the Fiat 500X 2.0-liter diesel have shown emissions levels way over the legal limits, an indication that the companies are using an illegal device.

“Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), Monitor and Spiegel create the impression that they found new facts suggesting Opel uses unprecedented illegal defeat devices,” Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said in a statement. “These allegations are wrong!”

They cannot be completely wrong as last month automakers, including Opel, have agreed to voluntarily recall in Germany 630,000 Euro-5 and later Euro-6 diesels to update their emissions software after NOx irregularities have been found on several models. Furthermore, the French regulators also said they uncovered such anomalies on some vehicles made by Renault, Fiat Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, PSA Group, Nissan, Opel and Ford.

“As we have stated before, we at Opel do not have any illegal software. Our engines are in line with the legal requirements. We anticipate the authorities to share this point of view,” Neumann said. “The recent accusations based on findings of hacker Mr. Felix Domke are misleading oversimplifications and misinterpretations of the complicated interrelationships of a modern emissions control system of a diesel engine. Emissions control devices are highly sophisticated integrated systems, which cannot be broken down into isolated parameters,” he added.