Volkswagen VW admits faking emissions results in Europe as well as USA

  • By Saira Hazrati

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After the US government recently ordered Volkswagen to recall almost 500,000 cars after discovering that the company deployed sophisticated and allegedly illegal software to cheat emission tests allowing its cars to produce up to 40 times more pollution than allowed, the car manufacturer is not under close scrutiny in Europe.

Germany’s Minister for Transport has said that Volkswagen has admitted using the same system to fake emissions tests in Europe as it used to falsify results in the USA.

Alexander Dobrindt said it was uncertain at this stage how many of the 11 million VW vehicles in Europe were affected, adding that other manufacturers’ vehicles would now be checked.

The scandal hit on Friday when the German Car giant was said to have admitted using software to falsify emission test results in the USA.

In Mr. Dobeindt’s statement it was said that vehicles with 1.6 and 2.0 litre diesel engines are “affected by the manipulations that are being talked about.” 

The VW Jetta, Beetle, Golf and Audi A3 models all made by Volkswagen in the USA between 2009 and 2015 and the Passat from 2014-2015, were fitted with the devices which produced doctored results. However with diesel cars being far more popular in Europe than in the USA, we could see larger figures and a wider range in Europe.

The city of Wolfsburg, hometown of Volkswagen could take a very personal hit from the scandal. Running in the town since the 1930s the VW plant in Wolfsburg still employs more than half of the town’s 120’000 residents, with the remainder providing services and goods for the plant’s employees. Residents show trepidation at demonstrating disloyalty to the firm, but many are describing this as a crisis for Wolfsburg not just for Volkswagen.

S.Hazrati@theinternational.org.uk