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North America and Europe Highly Affected with the Volkswagen Diesel Scam

Investigations spread into Volkswagen Diesel Scam revelations that as many as 11 million Volkswagen diesel cars worldwide have software that secretly thwarts the US pollution tests.


Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/16/2015 -- Since 2009, Volkswagen had been inserting intricate codes into its vehicle software that tracked steering and pedal movements. When those movements suggested that the car was being tested for nitrogen oxide emissions in a lab, the car automatically turned its pollution controls on. The rest of the driving time, the pollution controls were automatically switched off. Regulators didn't notice this ruse for years. The problem was only unveiled by an independent research group. The international council on clean transportation, which wanted to investigate why there, was such a discrepancy between lab tests and real road performance of several VW's diesel cars in Europe. So, they worked closely with the researchers at West Virginia University, who stuck a probe up the exhaust pipe of VW's clean diesel cars and drove them from San Diego to Seattle.

What these researchers then found was shocking. On road, the VW's jetta was emitting 15 to 35 times as much nitrogen Oxide as the allowable limit. The VW Passat was emitting 5-20 times as much. These cars were emitting much more pollution than they had in the labs. Volkswagen denied these claims for a long time. It was only after the EPA threatened the company for not approving its 2016 line of clean diesel cars was when the company came out clean about the Volkswagen Diesel Scam and the CEO apologised.

Why did Volkswagen Cheat?

Volkswagen apparently cheated, because they could not balance performance with low pollution. Some experts have suggested that the emission controls may have affected the cars' torque and acceleration, making them less fun to drive. But, this Volkswagen Diesel Scam has definitely interfered with the safety and security of these cars.

The investors of Volkswagen have demanded answers from the company and asked for more information on the Volkswagen Diesel Scam. Their stock prices have evaporated an amount as big as $15 billion in a week's time and the shares are seeing a downfall ever since the unveiling of the scandal. Volkswagen has apologised and the company has said they will do everything possible to correct the damage. They have kept aside an amount of $ 7.3 billion to correct the situation already and all the sales for the 2015 models have been put to a halt.

For all concerned US Volkswagen owners, the models expected to be recalled include:

- The 2009-2015 VW beetle 2.0LTDI;
- 2009-2015 VW Golf2.0L TDI;
- 2009-2015 Jetta 2.0L TDI;
- 2009-2015 Audi A3 2.0L TDI;
- 2009-2015 VW Passat 2.0 L TDI.

The Volkswagen Diesel scam has raised a question on the future of clean diesels and is it really a genuinely promising technology.

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