The Volkswagen diesel scandal could involve at least 30 managers, according to a recent report.
German publication Der Spiegel is reporting that preliminary findings from probes by law firm Jones Day and Volkswagen itself show that dozens of managers will be suspended as a result of the diesel scandal. At least 30 managers are reportedly involved with the decision to cheat on EPA diesel emissions tests, which is a far cry from Volkswagen’s U.S. CEO Michael Horn’s claim that “a couple of engineers” were the ones who installed the defeat devices on the vehicles.
Horn has claimed that it was not a corporate decision to cheat on diesel emissions tests, although reports continue to surface contradicting that statement. The company recently admitted to U.S. regulators that its 2016 diesel models use an auxiliary emissions control device that operates differently from the defeat device included in the 2009-2015 model diesel vehicles. It’s worth noting that other automakers use auxiliary emissions control devices, but are required by law to disclose the use.
If it’s found that Volkswagen had planned a different software to help meet government standards in addition to the original defeat device, it will add credibility to the accusation that it was more than just a couple of engineers that installed the software.
[Source: Automotive News]
Discuss this story on our Volkswagen Forum