Volkswagen has said that 11 million vehicles worldwide could be affected by the diesel-emissions scandal, including 500,000 in the United States.
“When unearthing a long-standing scheme of global proportions to evade emissions standards, we probably shouldn’t be relying on a small NGO randomly testing vehicles”, Kodjak told me. He said the charges undercut industry rhetoric about “clean diesel” cars.
You know, the “zip” that VW likes to advertise and that helps sell cars. Between January and August, the VW Group has sold almost 2,40,000 cars in the US.
The company could face fines as high as billion, but environmental advocates say that may not be enough. This is notwithstanding the damage it will cause to the group company.
Some analysts say his position at the top of Volkswagen may once again be under threat because of the scandal. Switzerland and Italy are also conducting investigations, with Italy placing the burden of proof on Volkswagen to prove its vehicles meet the country’s standards.
If you missed the story, basically, VW and related cars have been cheating when it comes to emissions, thanks to some ropey software in the engine.
An American law firm have stated this week, that will indeed, be suing the crap out of VW in a class action lawsuit.
“I personally am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public”, said Volkswagen Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn in a press release.
Volkswagen’s parent company also owns the Audi, Skoda and Lamborghini brands.
In a typical vehicle, a dashboard indicator is supposed to light up if it’s emitting more than allowable emissions. The cars could detect when they were hooked up to a government pollution test and instantly the engine would clean up its act.
How did the authorities find out?
“The other thing that was going on was they were trying to certify a new vehicle, a 2016 model”, Clegern said, “And, we had to sign off on that and so did the U.S. EPA, and neither one of us was going to do it at that point”.
She accused Volkswagen of ruining its erstwhile reputation for responsible and reliable vehicles, adding that the number of people that must have been involved in a concerted effort to circumvent emissions testing raises questions about the company’s integrity as a whole. But it caught the notice of the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board, which opened investigations.
It is customary for carmakers to perform updates to their cars through dealerships to fix or update software.
The latest reports claim that the company is ready to invest at least half of their yearly profit so as to fix all these diesel vehicles and make them comply with the rules set by the emission control board.
May: The voluntary recall in December did little to douse the fire. Tests are being undertaken in Britain to see if we’ll be doing the same.
July: CARB notified VW that the test vehicles still showed emissions that exceeded state and federal limits.