Europe's Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) says it understands the seriousness of the current situation surrounding Volkswagen's diesel emissions testing in the US, but insists it cannot find anything to suggest the matter is endemic in the industry.

ACEA notes in the EU, the legal requirements concerning motor vehicle pollutant emissions, currently refer to a test cycle performed under common laboratory conditions.

All Euro 6 diesel cars on the market have received a Euro 6 approval certificate issued by a Member State approval authority, confirming they comply with the legal requirements.

Soon, Euro 6 will also require for the first time emissions testing of diesel cars under realistic driving conditions, making Europe the only region in the world, maintains ACEA, to implement such real world testing for cars.

“In light of the latest emission testing news, ACEA recognises the gravity of the situation and is taking this very seriously,” said an ACEA statement. “However, we cannot comment on an issue affecting one individual company. There is no evidence this is an industry-wide issue.

“The automotive industry is fully supporting the development of this new Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test in order to ensure a more robust control on emissions. ACEA hopes that the RDE testing conditions and timings can be finalised urgently, so industry can get RDE-compliant vehicles into the market as soon as possible.

“ACEA will continue to engage with the European Commission and national governments to address the current challenges and ensure trust and confidence in the car industry and clean diesel technology are maintained.”