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US Justice Department seeking billions of dollars from Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche

Tuesday, January 5th 2016 - 08:22 UTC
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The United States Justice Department has filed a federal lawsuit against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche that seeks billions of dollars in penalties over claims that the car companies installed devices to deliberately misreport emissions. Nearly 600,000 diesel-engine vehicles were installed with these devices since 2009. Read full article


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  • ChrisR

    You have to love the yanks!

    First they specify tests for emissions compliance which MAKES the manufacturers HAVE to take special measures such as extremely low wheel speeds for single axle testing (otherwise the electronic controls designed to safeguard passengers will defeat it).

    AND then, when their tests are shown to be simplistic and easily 'defeated' as far as they are concerned they go batshit crazy and want billions in fines.

    Why? Has anyone died or even become ill from these cars emissions? The answer is they don't know, they are only surmising the 'wrongs' and it was a source of extreme embarrassment when a couple of academics carried out real life tests and found the 'failures'. Red faces all round!

    Jan 05th, 2016 - 06:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    1 Chris

    Agreed, “red faces”!

    Naturally the Yanks are pissed off - an embarrassingly widespread fraud has been perpetrated.

    Environmental impact? How could you possibly measure or estimate it?

    However, if VW were allowed to do this with impunity, and all the other manufacturers did the same, there would be a perceptible difference in pollutants released into the atmosphere.

    This was a major blunder by VW mgmt to think they could get away with this indefinitely and without consequence.

    Fortunately for the German car industry, and Porsche/Audi (VW) in particular, China is now taking a significant share of their premium export products, and the USA no longer dictates the terms of product development as they once did.

    Jan 05th, 2016 - 07:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 2 Troy Tempest
    “ there would be a perceptible difference in pollutants released into the atmosphere. ”

    The yanks consistently mix up the 'pollutants' such as carbon monoxide with carbon dioxide and of course nitrous oxide, after all, they are the same, aren't they?

    I would have some sympathy if they concentrated the effort on particulates from oil engines but no mention of those.

    China needs well made cars, their own are highly polluting and very dangerous to passenger and pedestrians involved in crashes.

    Jan 05th, 2016 - 09:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Hepatia

    This is just another example of how ungrateful Europeans are. The US saved Germany and the other European countries from themselves. And this how we are repaid.

    The figures under consideration should not be billions but trillions!

    Jan 06th, 2016 - 01:37 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip


    Your post makes no sense.

    As usual.

    Jan 06th, 2016 - 01:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic

    VW is damaged goods.

    Their downward spiral/trajectory continues unabated.

    And the Audi line starts rolling out massive incentives in certain markets trying to restart stalled sales.

    Germans don't understand combustion controls or the role of high speed cycling.


    Jan 06th, 2016 - 05:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Hepatia But of course you do not understand. You are a Brit with not comprehension of the US at all.

    Happily, I will not dumb down or condescend to you in any way. So, you infliction will remain.

    Jan 11th, 2016 - 02:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    7 Hepatia


    Jan 11th, 2016 - 04:13 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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