The sale of a number of new models of Volkswagen AG was stopped in the United States and the investigation begins. German auto manufacturer is accused of large-scale cheating with the level of pollutant emissions from diesel engines.
Volkswagen has turned the focus of the US Agency for Environmental Protection (EPA) and other relevant agencies. According to The Detroit News, the agency has issued an order for Volkswagen dealers in the United States to immediately stop the sale of 2015 and 2016 model year cars equipped with 2.0-liter diesel engine. The reason for this unprecedented action was the discovery of fraud: it is assumed that Volkswagen fraudulently received EPA approval for this motor, to understate the level of harmful emissions.
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It was found that the above-mentioned motor control units are equipped with special software code. It works as a “spy” that determines whether connected to the engine any devices to check and, if so, which includes a device for cleaning exhaust. As a result, actual emissions turned out to be 10-40 times higher than measured by EPA.
According to preliminary calculations, on the roads of the United States travels around half a million Volkswagen Jetta, Passat, Sportwagen, Beetle and the Audi A3 with such engines; fraud lasted since at least 2009. The investigation is not finished yet. In the worst case, the VW may be required to pay the penalty for cheating and pollution in the amount of up to $37 500 per car that is about $ 18 billion in general.
The head of Volkswagen, Dr. Martin Winterkorn made an official statement. He personally apologized and also assured that VW has already attracted to the investigation of independent experts and will make every effort to achieve clarity on this issue. There is no information regarding this issue in the Volkswagen engines outside the US yet.
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