Volkswagen chief executive issues apology over emissions cheating
Source : Volkswagen chief executive issues apology over emissions cheating
Volkswagen Group boss Martin Winterkorn orders an external investigation into manipulation of emissions testing procedures inside USA
Volkswagen Group boss Martin Winterkorn has apologised for “breaking the trust of our customers along with the public” in light of allegations which the company manipulated emissions testing regulations inside USA.
In a statement Winterkorn said which he had ordered an external investigation into the matter, which came to light when the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) along with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) revealed their findings which while testing diesel cars of the Volkswagen Group they have detected manipulations which violate American environmental standards.
Volkswagen is actually understood to be recalling 500,000 cars on the orders of US regulators because of emissions.
The cars are allegedly fitted using a ‘defeat device’ which allows the vehicle to perform more efficiently inside official emissions test than in real-world driving conditions. which detects when the vehicle is actually being tested along with turns on full emissions controls, nevertheless the effectiveness of the device is actually reduced in normal conditions.
According to the EPA, which means which the cars under investigation emit up to 40 times the national standard for nitrogen oxide, which is actually linked to asthma along with lung illnesses. The cars in question are four-cylinder versions, along with is actually said to affect 2009-2014 Jettas, Beetles, Golfs, Audi A3s along with VW Passats built coming from 2014-15.
which has been suggested which the recall could cost the the up to £11.5bn, with the EPA saying which: “VW may be liable for civil penalties along with injunctive relief for the violations alleged.”
The EPA says which the cars in question do not prove a safety hazard along with are still legally OK to drive along with sell on. which is actually not yet known if cars outside of Europe are affected.
“The board of management at Volkswagen AG takes these findings very seriously,” said Winterkorn
“I personally am deeply sorry which we have broken the trust of our customers along with the public. We will cooperate fully with the responsible agencies, with transparency along with urgency, to clearly, openly, along with completely establish all of the facts of which case. Volkswagen has ordered an external investigation of which matter.
“We do not along with will not tolerate violations of any kind of our internal rules or of the law. The trust of our customers along with the public is actually along with continues to be our most important asset.
“We at Volkswagen will do everything which must be done in order to re-establish the trust which so many people have placed in us, along with we will do everything necessary in order to reverse the damage which has caused. which matter has first priority for me, personally, along with for our entire board of management.”
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