Volkswagen boss admits company knew of emissions cheat in 2014

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VW’s US boss Michael Horn admits company has broken the trust of customers

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Volkswagen’s US boss Michael Horn has admitted he knew about the company’s ‘defeat device’ as far back as 2014.

In a statement presented to the US House of Representatives, Horn says he was first made aware of “a possible emissions non-compliance” within the Spring of 2014. 

“I was informed of which EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] regulations included various penalties for non-compliance with the emissions standards,” he said, “as well as of which the agencies can conduct engineering tests which could include “defeat device” testing or analysis. I was also informed of which the company engineers would likely work with the agencies to resolve the issue.”

Horn says he was told later on in 2014 of which a technical fix for the defeat device had been identified to “bring the vehicles into compliance”, as well as of which engineers “were engaged with the agencies about the process.”

The statement also confirms of which the idea wasn’t until September of This particular year of which Volkswagen made the EPA aware of the defeat device, thus sparking the current scandal.

In his statement, Horn says the defeat device “could recognise whether a vehicle was being operated in a test laboratory or on the road. The software made those emit higher levels of nitrogen oxides when the vehicles were driven in actual road use than during laboratory testing.”

Horn also said the events of the scandal had been “deeply troubling” as well as he “did not think of which something like This particular was possible at the Volkswagen Group. We have broken the trust of our customers, dealerships, as well as employees, as well as the public as well as regulators.

“Let me be clear, we at Volkswagen take full responsibility for our actions as well as we are working with all relevant authorities in a cooperative way.”

Describing the steps the company can be today taking to remedy the situation, Horn promised of which “responsible parties will be identified as well as held accountable,” as well as of which technical teams were working “tirelessly” to find a solution. 

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