I find the idea of a bunch of engineers devising sophisticated software to change engine performance only during emissions testing ludicrous, and then to actually implement it is just amazing malfeasance. Of course it took several years for them to get caught.
Volkswagen Canada halts some sales as emissions rigging scandal deepens
VW chief 'deeply sorry' after EPA accuses company of rigging emissions tests
CBC News Posted: Sep 21, 2015 9:00 AM ET Last Updated: Sep 21, 2015 12:04 PM ET
Volkswagen Canada has stopped sales of many of its diesel models in this country following revelations late last week that the automaker had rigged emissions tests for almost 500,000 diesel cars in the U.S.
"Volkswagen Canada has issued a stop-sale order to our dealers for all of the affected vehicles pending resolution of this matter," company spokesman Thomas Tetzlaff said in an email to CBC News on Monday.
I would have thought that this type of malfeasance would come to light from a whistle blower.
I agree, the size of the organization that did this really makes it unusual. How did they do this without somebody with some scruples finding out?
had a department meeting here over lunch and VW was a topic of idle conversation. It's already become a joke. Can't solve a technical problem, just hire the VW Quality team.
In a statement, Volkswagen said: “Further internal investigations conducted to date have established that the relevant engine management software is also installed in other Volkswagen Group vehicles with diesel engines.
“For the majority of these engines the software does not have any effect. Discrepancies relate to vehicles with Type EA 189 engines, involving some 11m vehicles worldwide. A noticeable deviation between bench test results and actual road use was established solely for this type of engine.
“Volkswagen is working intensely to eliminate these deviations through technical measures. The company is therefore in contact with the relevant authorities and the German Federal Motor Transport Authority.”
The carmaker insisted in the statement that new diesel vehicles available in the European Union with the EU 6 diesel engines “comply with legal requirements and environmental standards”.
It added: “The software in question does not affect handling, consumption or emissions. This gives clarity to customers and dealers.”
It added: “Volkswagen does not tolerate any kind of violation of laws whatsoever. It is and remains the top priority of the board of management to win back lost trust and to avert damage to our customers. The group will inform the public on the further progress of the investigations constantly and transparently.”
UK campaign group Transport & Environment (T&E) warned that millions of cars could be recalled. T&E’s diesel expert Jos Dings said: “Our latest report demonstrated that almost 90% of diesel vehicles didn’t meet emission limits when they drive on the road. We are talking millions of vehicles.”