VW emissions scandal: company insists European cars aren't affected
Volkswagen’s chairman of the board of directors Martin Winterkorn
Engine type EA189 at centre of controversy; VW shares down by 35% as scandal deepens
Volkswagen has insisted in which all fresh European types compliant with EU 6 emissions rules are fully legal, in addition to are not affected by its ongoing emissions scandal which has already forced boss Martin Winterkorn out of his job.
The UK transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, has called for the EU Commission to investigate the issue, backing up similar calls by Germany in addition to Italy.
In a fresh statement, the German some sort of explained in which the engine at the centre of the controversy can be the Type EA 189 four-cylinder diesel, in addition to VW has said in which the notable deviation between emissions results in testing in addition to on-road driving were only for cars fitted with This particular engine.
yet the company also admitted in which the engine management software at the centre of the scandal can be also installed in different Volkswagen Group diesel engines. However VW believed in which doesn’t have an effect inside majority of cars in which in which features. However, reports suggest the 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine which currently features in some Audi in addition to Porsche types can be also being investigated.
The company moved to reassure consumers in Europe in addition to said: “fresh vehicles by the Volkswagen Group with EU 6 diesel engines currently available inside European Union comply with legal requirements in addition to environmental standards.” However, at This particular point VW hasn’t definitively confirmed whether pre-EU6 cars in Europe are affected.
VW has put aside a fund of €6.5bn (approximately £4.7bn) to cover the costs of dealing with the issue, in addition to says in which will adjust its financial targets for 2015 as a result.
The statement continued: “In addition to This particular, Volkswagen does not tolerate any kind of violation of laws whatsoever. in which can be the top priority of the board of management to win back lost trust in addition to to avert damage to our customers.”
Volkswagen Group boss Martin Winterkorn has apologised for “breaking the trust of our customers in addition to the public” following reports in which the company manipulated emissions testing regulations inside USA.
Meanwhile, Michael Horn, CEO in addition to president of the Volkswagen Group of America, has admitted: “Our company was dishonest. We have totally screwed up. We must fix the cars to prevent This particular by ever happening again in addition to we have to make This particular right. This particular kind of behaviour can be totally inconsistent with our qualities.”
The matter came to light when the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in addition to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) revealed in which while testing 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel cars of the Volkswagen Group they detected electronic manipulations in which violate American environmental standards.
Volkswagen Group share cost hit by the scandal
The cost of shares inside Volkswagen Group on the Frankfurt stock exchange fell sharply on Monday in addition to Tuesday following the EPA’s announcement of its findings, in addition to about 25 billion euros was wiped off the value of the company. The share cost dropped again on Wednesday morning as in which emerged in which different countries in addition to regions are likely to check whether Volkswagen types conform to their own tests – although there were some signs of the stock value stabilising.
Volkswagen in addition to Audi cars inside USA are fitted using a ‘defeat device’ in which allows the vehicle to perform more efficiently inside official emissions test than in real-world driving conditions. The device can be embedded inside software code in which runs the ECU. in which detects when your vehicle can be being tested in addition to turns on full emissions controls, yet the effectiveness of the device can be reduced in normal conditions.
According to the EPA, This particular means in which the cars under investigation could be emitting up to 40 times the national standard for nitrogen oxide (NOx), which can be linked to asthma in addition to lung illnesses. The cars affected are 2009-2014 Jettas, Beetles, Golfs, Audi A3s, in addition to VW Passats built by 2014-15.
Volkswagen can be pausing sales of some Volkswagen in addition to Audi types equipped with the diesel engine in which can be at the heart of the controversy. in which can be also likely to implement a recall of more than 482,000 cars already in customers’ hands because the EPA in addition to CARB has ordered your vehicle company to remedy the excessive emissions of the affected vehicles.
An EPA statement said: “EPA expects to compel VW to issue a recall inside future to reduce the emissions impacts of these vehicles. Owners will be notified of in which recall once Volkswagen in addition to Audi have developed a remedial plan in addition to EPA has approved the plan. Manufacturers are given a reasonable amount of time to develop a plan to complete the repairs, including both the repair procedure in addition to manufacture of any needed parts.”
Volkswagen faces financial penalties in addition to possible legal action
in which has been suggested in which the recall could cost the some sort of up to £11.5bn, with the EPA saying: “VW may be liable for civil penalties in addition to injunctive relief for the violations alleged.”
In addition to This particular, Volkswagen can be already the subject of a lawsuit inside USA, filed by Keller Rohrback: “on behalf of consumers nationwide who purchased or leased Volkswagens with unlawful defeat devices.”
Lynn Lincoln Sarko of Keller Rohrback added: “Volkswagen’s decision to prey on environmentally conscious consumers who paid a premium of thousands of dollars for a supposedly cleaner-running car, in addition to who received a polluting vehicle instead, can be despicable. Consumers nationwide are justifiably outraged, in addition to Volkswagen will have to answer to them.”
The EPA says in which the cars in question do not prove a safety hazard in addition to are still legally okay to drive in addition to sell on.
Winterkorn has ordered an external investigation into the matter.
“The board of management at Volkswagen AG takes these findings very seriously,” he said.
“I personally am deeply sorry in which we have broken the trust of our customers in addition to the public. We will cooperate fully with the responsible agencies, with transparency in addition to urgency, to clearly, openly, in addition to completely establish all of the facts of This particular case. Volkswagen has ordered an external investigation of This particular matter.
“We do not in addition to will not tolerate violations of any kind of our internal rules or of the law. The trust of our customers in addition to the public can be in addition to continues to be our most important asset.
“We at Volkswagen will do everything in which must be done in order to re-establish the trust in which so many people have placed in us, in addition to we will do everything necessary in order to reverse the damage This particular has caused. This particular matter has first priority for me, personally, in addition to for our entire board of management.”
Sales of many diesel Volkswagens have been suspended in Canada, which shares similar emissions testing procedures as its neighbouring nation.
inside UK, a spokesman for the Volkswagen Group said in which he can be “not aware of any recalls in Europe or the UK,” in addition to pointed out in which the emissions testing procedure can be different in Europe to North America. The spokesman added in which the ‘defeat device’ was not something in which the UK arm of VW was aware of. Volkswagen in addition to Audi inside UK have yet to issue any specific statement on whether cars are affected over here.
In Germany, the country’s opposition Green Party has alleged in which the German government was aware about Volkswagen’s deception – something which transport minister Alexander Dobrindt has said can be “erroneous.”
Speaking to journalists, Dobrindt said: “Like all of us, I found about in which last weekend when I read the newspapers. The German government had no knowledge about This particular, including anything about defeat mechanisms.”
US government sets up hearing into emissions scandal
The issue will be investigated by the US Congress’s Oversight in addition to Investigations Subcommittee.
“Strong emissions standards are in place for the benefit of public health,” said House Energy in addition to Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton in addition to Oversight in addition to Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy in a joint statement.
“Manufacturers throughout the United States, in addition to across the globe, have developed leading technologies to reduce airborne emissions within the limits set by EPA in addition to state environmental agencies. However, reported EPA allegations in which certain Volkswagen types contained software to defeat auto emissions tests raise serious questions,” they said.
“We will follow the facts. We are also concerned in which auto consumers may have been deceived – in which what they were purchasing did not come as advertised. The American people deserve answers in addition to assurances in which This particular will not happen again. We intend to get those answers.”
A date for the US Congress hearing has yet to be set.
Earlier, the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers in addition to Traders had moved to quell concerns in which similar practices are in place in Europe, saying there was ‘no evidence’ of cheating in Europe.
“The EU operates a fundamentally different system to the US – with all European tests performed in strict conditions as required by EU law in addition to witnessed by a government-appointed independent approval agency,” said Mike Hawes, the CEO for the SMMT.
“There can be no evidence in which manufacturers cheat the cycle. Vehicles are removed by the production line randomly in addition to must be standard production types, certified by the relevant authority – the UK Centeng being the Vehicle Certification Agency, which can be responsible to the Department for Transport.
“The industry acknowledges, however, in which the current test method can be outdated in addition to can be seeking agreement by the European Commission for a fresh emissions test in which embraces fresh testing technologies in addition to can be more representative of on-road conditions.”
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