Volkswagen Addresses U.S. Emissions Standards Violations

Volkswagen is responding to allegations that it skirted EPA emissions standards in its diesel four-cylinder models. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims the company used software algorithms to cheat the emissions tests through “defeat devices.” Basically the vehicle can detect when it’s being tested and run its emissions-reducing measures, but when the car is not being tested, those emission-reducing measures are disabled.

Volkswagen released that it is working at full speed to clarify irregularities concerning the particular software used 11 million of its Type EA 189 diesel engines. It has also announced that 6.5 billion euros or about $7.3 million has been set aside to cover the cost of any service measures.

Volkswagen AG CEO Dr. Martin Winterkorn released a statement about the controversy on September 20, 2015. “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board (EPA and CARB) revealed their findings that while testing diesel cars of the Volkswagen Group they have detected manipulations that violate American environmental standards.

“The Board of Management at Volkswagen AG takes these findings very seriously. I personally am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public. We will cooperate fully with the responsible agencies, with transparency and urgency, to clearly, openly, and completely establish all of the facts of this case. Volkswagen has ordered an external investigation of this matter.

“We do not and will not tolerate violations of any kind of our internal rules or of the law. The trust of our customers and the public is and continues to be our most important asset. We at Volkswagen will do everything that must be done in order to re-establish the trust that so many people have placed in us, and we will do everything necessary in order to reverse the damage this has caused. This matter has first priority for me, personally, and for our entire Board of Management.”

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