By Sohil Jain
How many of you guys have ever driven in a Volkswagen, or know someone who drives one? Well, you might want to tell them about this. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that many Volkswagen vehicles being sold in the United States had illegal devices installed which changed performance when tested to improve their results. According to the Russell Hotten of BBC News, “VW has had a major push to sell diesel cars in the US, backed by a huge marketing campaign trumpeting its cars’ low emissions. The EPA’s findings cover 482,000 cars in the US only, including the VW-manufactured Audi A3, and the VW brands Jetta, Beetle, Golf and Passat. But VW has admitted that about 11 million cars worldwide, including eight million in Europe, are fitted with the so-called ‘defeat device’” (Hotten, Russell). How this device works is still a mystery, however, when the vehicles operated under lab conditions, the device shifted the vehicle to a safety mode-like feature, in which the engine performed below normal standards, allowing for the clearance of the tests.
Now, what American boss of Volkswagen, Michael Horn, said is quite controversial, “We’ve totally screwed up.” As of now, the company has only recalled cars, and compensated for any losses or damages inflicted from this device. The company’s statement is, “Our most urgent task is to win back the trust for the Volkswagen group-by leaving no stone unturned”. This bust has had a major impact on the diesel market, the EU, and other car companies. The EU is starting to question other car companies such as BMW and Renault-Nissan, although, the Eu’s testing strategies are being questioned, to the regard of how one device could cheat the entire system. The diesel market takes another L, as it seems because of the rising prices, that the demand for diesel cars will take a sharp fall.
Sources I used:
Hotten, Russell. “Volkswagen: The Scandal Explained – BBC News.” BBC News. BBC, 7 Oct. 2015. Web. 20 Oct. 2015. <http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34324772>.