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Chris Bryant

My Small Part in the Deadly Diesel Crisis

Nearly two years after VW's blow-up, the industry must get a grip.
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I’ve used up a lot of angry ink on Europe's diesel emissions scandal, but on returning from a recent holiday in Italy something uncomfortable dawned on me: was I complicit too?

With a baby (and attendant baggage) in tow for the first time, I'd asked the rental company for a bigger car and driven away in a Fiat 500x crossover. So there was some personal interest this week when German and U.S. university researchers appeared to back claims that the 500x's diesel engine may contain code that reduces emission controls after about 25 minutes. That’s just a little longer than it takes to do a laboratory emissions test.