Volkswagen’s troubles seem to be getting more serious as every hour passes.
After being accused by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of cheating emissions tests for nearly 500,000 diesel cars in the U.S., German authorities and regulators have also said that they will investigate to see if Volkswagen manipulated emissions testing with its European diesel cars.
The EPA Friday exposed Volkswagen for using illegal software that makes it easier for its diesel cars to pass emissions testing in the U.S. The result of this software is that that the affected cars actually produce up to 40 times more harmful nitrous oxides while driving than the amount recorded during the testing.
In the U.S., a stop-sale has been issued for remaining 2015 and 2016 cars using the affected 2.0-liter TDI four-cylinder engines. Volkswagen’s diesel offerings are much more popular in Europe than in the U.S., and if the automaker is found to be manipulating emissions tests there, the consequences will be even more significant.
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