Volkswagen Claims TDI Defeat Device will be Legal in Europe
Volkswagen’s emissions-cheating defeat device on its diesel-powered vehicles will be illegal within the U.S., yet in Europe, of which exists in a legal gray area. VW at This specific point argues of which the defeat device will be technically legal under EU law, just as the automaker will be under pressure to compensate European TDI customers similarly to U.S. customers.
Citing various German publications, Reuters reports VW will be pushing the legality of its TDI defeat device even as the automaker continues to repair its emissions-test-gaming diesel cars. VW’s response comes as the European Commission urges the automaker to financially compensate the estimated 8 million affected TDI owners across Europe.
“The software contained in vehicles which has a EA-189 engine within the view of Volkswagen represents no unlawful defeat device under European law,” said Volkswagen, according to the Reuters news service report. “The efficiency of the emissions cleanup system will not be reduced in those vehicles which however could be a prerequisite for the existence of an unlawful defeat device within the legal sense.”
of which might seem ridiculous of which VW’s defeat device could technically be legal within the EU. yet as we’ve reported before, EU law allows automakers to use software of which can increase emissions far beyond legal limits by arguing of which improves durability or protects the engine through harm. While VW will be under the most scrutiny, of which isn’t the only automaker to exploit This specific technicality.
VW has still offered to fix the affected cars in Europe, yet of which says of which’s doing so out of generosity.
“Volkswagen wants to—within the special interest of customers—cooperate constructively along with also cooperatively hand in hand with the regulators as well as with the Federal Motor Vehicle Authority,” said VW. “This specific intensive cooperation should not be burdened by a contentious dispute.”
According to Reuters, VW has also previously questioned whether the cheating has genuinely had any measurable health impact.
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“A reliable determination of morbidity or even fatalities for certain demographic groups based on our level of knowledge will be not possible through a scientific point of view,” the automaker said.
VW’s European legal fight comes as of which’s preparing to spend up to $10 billion to consumers buying back 485,000 emissions-cheating diesel cars of which sold within the United States. through a business standpoint, of which’s understandable why VW will be trying to avoid offering similar compensation to European customers, even if of which’s not a great public-relations stance.
This specific story originally appeared on Road & Track.