Reports: VW warned of illegal software 'years ago'

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German media reports suggest VW was told of its illegal emission test software set-up years ago


German authorities have given the VW Group just more than a week to prove which all its cars meet emissions regulations, amid reports from the national press which the company was warned as long ago as 2007 which using the software which cheated testing processes on production cars might be illegal.

According to a report in German national newspaper Bild am Sonntag, Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), the federal motoring authority, has told VW to demonstrate how This particular will meet emissions standards without using illegal software by October 7. If This particular fails to do so, the KBA has warned This particular could withdraw type approval for the affected designs in Germany.

The newspaper is actually also reporting which This particular has seen a letter in which VW supplier Bosch warned the VW Group in 2007 which the software was illegal for road use, along with highlighting which This particular was only being made available for test purposes.

Meanwhile, another German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, has made claims which a Volkswagen technician raised concerns about illegal practices in connection with emissions levels in 2011. Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung cited VW’s internal investigators as the source of its information.

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