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Volkswagen responds to allegation of manipulating diesel emissions figures in the USA

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VW_Claim-de_4C_MNews that the Volkswagen Group had allegedly manipulated software on its clean diesel engined cars to produce better results on test cycles in the USA broke late on Friday night, and now Volkswagen has broken its silence with an official statement by Professor Doctor Martin Winterkorn, who is Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen AG.

The statement is as follows

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board (EPA and CARB) revealed their findings that while testing diesel cars of the Volkswagen Group they have detected manipulations that violate American environmental standards.

The Board of Management at Volkswagen AG takes these findings very seriously. I personally am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public. We will co-operate fully with the responsible agencies, with transparency and urgency, to clearly, openly, and completely establish all of the facts of this case. Volkswagen has ordered an external investigation of this matter. We do not and will not tolerate violations of any kind of our internal rules or of the law.

The trust of our customers and the public is and continues to be our most important asset. We at Volkswagen will do everything that must be done in order to re-establish the trust that so many people have placed in us, and we will do everything necessary in order to reverse the damage this has caused. This matter has first priority for me, personally, and for our entire Board of Management.”

4 Responses

  1. The issue here is NOT fuel economy!
    The issue is ILLEGAL TOXIC levels of EXHAUST POLLUTION by VW/Audi diesel cars

  2. The heading is mis-representative.

    The issue is NOT fuel economy.
    The issue is TOXIC EXHAUST EMISSIONS 10 to 40 times the legal limits and CHEATING by the Manufacturer

  3. I would not be surprised to see this investigation extended world-wide with some other large manufacturers being similarly put in the frame as many of the emissions figures for more powerful cars, in particular, are probably impossible to replicate in real life driving conditions. I also suspect that many of the claimed emissions for petrol cars are similarly dubious.

  4. The link goes to an account of the decision to install the defeat device code, It claims VW were aware of their actions but ,believed they were unlikely to be caught,and if caught the financial consequences would be modest, the article claims VW had a Powerpoint file dating back to 2006 of how to beat the stringent USA standards by manipulating the ECU to detect the test cycle.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/27/business/international/vw-presentation-in-06-showed-how-to-foil-emissions-tests.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1

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