If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ve already heard about the latest Volkswagen emission scandal. To cut the long story short, Volkswagen was accused of faking the results of their pollution emission testing. The falsifications were discovered by the specialists at the US Environmental Protection Agency, who have conducted their own research after they found Volkswagen’s own test results doubtful.
How did it all come out?
The new study showed that Volkswagen has deliberately and significantly lowered their pollution emission test scores in order to pass for an environmentally friendly automobile manufacturer. Not only did these false results benefit the company and made it look more environmentally conscious than they really are; the falsifications also helped increase sales, as buyers who care about environment and pollution tend to choose environmentally friendly cars with low pollution emission scores.
What did VW do exactly?
After the false test results were discovered, auto experts wondered how Volkswagen managed to trick so many people into thinking their cars were environmentally friendly. Then a little device, now known as the ‘defeat device’, was discovered. It was used by Volkswagen illegally every time the auto manufacturer conducted any pollution emission tests. By manipulating test results Volkswagen fooled both experienced and novice car buyers, as well as experts.
Which cars were affected?
Carefully study the list below; perhaps, your new favourite car was affected by Volkswagen manipulations as well. Currently the following vehicles are known to have been affected:
- Volkswagen Passat: 2014-2015
- Volkswagen Beetle: 2009-2014
- Volkswagen Jetta: 2014-2015
This is not the final version of the list affected by the emission scandal, as investigations are ongoing and more facts can be discovered later this year. However, some specialists believe that all V4 diesel cars produced by Volkswagen from 2009 to 2014 are under threat of being affected by the manipulations as well.
What are Volkswagen’s reasons?
Volkswagen executives have not yet revealed the reason for their behaviour, but the falsified test results probably have something to do with the fact that low NOx emission vehicles can be imported in the US with a $1500 discount, which means Volkswagen was able to make more money with every car purchase.
Additionally, more and more people are becoming environmentally conscious and tend to choose vehicles with low pollution emission numbers. Environmentally friendly vehicles dominate car sales in the US, and Volkswagen probably wanted to get in on the trend. Paired with VW’s claims that their cars were also very fuel efficient, these two qualities were expected to make Volkswagen a leader in the US car market.
The newest developments in the scandal
As new data and research is surfacing, it is believed that overall up to 100 million cars could have been affected by the manipulations, which means there is a good chance some of these cars are already in Nigeria. Volkswagen’s CEO stepped down from his position a week after the news first came out. The company’s shares have been deeply affected by the scandal, which means every day Volkswagen is losing money, not to mention the number of lawsuits filed against Volkswagen.
How will the company get out of this situation? Is there a way for Volkswagen to redeem itself? Currently we have no answers to these questions, but we can only hope this story will become a lesson to Volkswagen and other car manufacturers: don’t try to fool your customers, because the truth will always come out!