At the request of Germany’s transport ministry, authorities have opened an investigation into the Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi. The investigation stems from allegations that Ford may have utilized some sort of illegal cheat device in the emissions testing process of the car in Europe.
This isn’t the first time Ford has been the target of diesel investigations in Europe. Previously authorities investigated the Focus and C-Max diesel models. In those cases no wrongdoing was found. Ford is insisting the same holds true with the Mondeo 2.0 TDCi.
“The KBA [the German transport authority] contacted us for the first time last week as part of its normal market surveillance program for all auto manufacturers. Last year, the same car model achieved four Ecostars in ADAC testing and, from a comparison of DUH summer and winter tests, it can be concluded that no ‘thermal operation’ was evident,” the company said in a statement.
All automakers have come under intense scrutiny in recent years as fallout from Volkswagen’s 2015 diesel emissions scandal. Investigations by multiple European governments have impacted multiple automakers, not just Ford Motor Company.
It’s unclear what the time line is for the Mondeo investigation.