You would have had to have been living in a cave to not have heard about the Volkswagen diesel scandal. The scandal, which began last year, involves Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars and their emissions. Since the scandal broke, it seemed as though Volkswagen was making all the right moves in regards to cooperating with the investigation.
To start, Volkswagen hired law firm Jones Day and the auditing firm Deloitte to conduct an investigation. Their aim was to discover who knew what and when. This meant sifting through nearly 100 terabytes of information that had been provided by the company. They still have dozens of interviews to conduct.
Last week, the preliminary investigators were supposed to release a report on what they had so far uncovered. However, Volkswagen’s board elected not to release the report, citing advice from their lawyers and “unacceptable risk” to the company.
Last week, Volkswagen entered into an agreement with the federal government. In the agreement, the company agreed to set aside $10 billion in reparations. The company believes that releasing the information contained in the report would endanger that agreement.
The entire bamboozle began back in 2005 when Volkswagen decided to begin pushing the sales of diesel vehicles in America. They promoted these vehicles as getting comparable, or better, fuel economy as the Toyota Prius but costing less. There was only one problem.
U.S. Emissions standards are much tougher than those in Europe. Try as they might, engineers could not get their engines to meet these exacting standards.
Volkswagen would have the public believe that a group of low-level engineers decided to change lines of code in the vehicle’s computer. They did this, apparently, without management knowledge. These changed lines of code allowed the engines to know when they were being inspected and changed the performance, lowering the emissions.
If it can be proved that anyone on the management board knew about these changes, under German law, the supervisory board can seek damages.
Martin Horn, the man in charge of U.S. Operations for many years before the debacle, said that the story of the engineers was “very hard to believe.” He was suddenly replaced in March.
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