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The VW Scandal

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The VW Scandal

Postby Lawrence on Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:14 pm

Just starting to get my head around the extent and nature of this scandal. I have two questions:

1. Why was it that the U.S. EPA was the people that caught it? Are not most of the diesel VWs sold in Europe, where their standards are at least as strict (and their pollution problem is worse)? Where were their regulators?

2. How many people inside of VW knew about it? They are axing a few heads, but as this was buried in the software, would not hundred of programmers and testers not be aware of it (if not thousands), the regulatory and legal departments, quality assurance, testing, much of management, the board, etc. It seems like one of those things that would be widely known.

I gather the problem has been going on since 2009, and affects a half-million cars in the U.S. and 11 million world-wide.

I think Ghosn's comments are particularly relevant: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/ ... TK20150922
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Re: The VW Scandal

Postby Lawrence on Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:16 pm

Oh...and a bunch of guys in West Virginia originally spotted the problem.
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Re: The VW Scandal

Postby Lyria on Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:55 am

Yeah my neighbour is one of the people who got one of their cars based on the low emissions. I'm guessing he's not too happy now!

It seems now they're saying BMW and Mercdes could be involved in doing the same thing now. All German companies you notice. Naughty them if it's true!! :noway:
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Re: The VW Scandal

Postby Lawrence on Fri Sep 25, 2015 4:47 pm

Well, don't know much about German corporate culture, but usually the Germans are honest to a fault.
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Re: The VW Scandal

Postby Lyria on Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:05 pm

Here are the numbers of cars said to be affected here in the UK:

No. of UK cars affected by VW emission probs: VW Passenger Cars: 508,276 VW Commercial: 79,838 Audi: 393,450 SEAT: 76,773 ŠKODA: 131,569

This is no small issue as you can see.
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Re: The VW Scandal

Postby Lawrence on Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:34 pm

Yea...that is a lot.

This is going to add up. Hope Red Bull wasn't really counting on that VW/Audi engine.
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Re: The VW Scandal

Postby Paul on Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:47 pm

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Re: The VW Scandal

Postby Lawrence on Tue Oct 06, 2015 2:15 am

Great looking train though.
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