For 78 years Volkswagen has been known as a trustworthy company. Recently that reputation was flipped upside down.
Volkswagen is currently in turmoil as they “fitted defeat devices in millions of diesel cars worldwide to cheat government emissions tests.” reported telegraph.com. The defeat device activated anti-pollution functions when the car senses it’s getting an emissions test.
The Environmental Protection Agency recalled nearly half a million of Volkswagens diesel vehicles from all the way back to 2009.
Volkswagen CEO, Martin Winterkorn issued a statement about what happened and said “ We at Volkswagen will do everything that must be done in order to re-establish that trust that so many people have placed in us, and we will do everything necessary in order to reverse the damage this has caused.”
A couple days later Winterkorn stepped down from his position and said he “was not aware of any wrongdoing on his part.” Former Porsche brand boss Matthias Mueller replaced Winterkorn.
I think Winterkorn knew what was going on all a long but didn’t think he would ever be caught. I don’t think he wanted anything else he had done wrong to come out either so he chose to step down.
A few days later it came out that Audi Luxury cars, whose parent company is Volkswagen, were also fitted with the same defeat devices.
Juergen De Graeve a spokesman from Audi reported “We’re working at full speed to find a technical solution, once we have that solution, we’ll write to customers and we’ll upgrade the cars so that they’re within emissions regulations.”
I think Audi is taking a hit they may have not been aware of the cheating their parent company was partaking in.
The New York Times reported that in the United States Volkswagen will “stop selling 2015 and 2016 Volkswagen and Audi models equipped with 4-cylinder turbo diesel engines.”
Volkswagen will also deal with financial penalties as they violated two parts of the U.S Federal Clean Air Act.