VW CEO Matthias Mueller has gone on the record saying that the German automaker didn’t lie to EPA regulators regarding the diesel emissions scandal.
In an interview with NPR, Mueller deflected the idea of lying to EPA regulators by stating that it was a misunderstanding of U.S. law. “We didn’t lie,” said Mueller. “We didn’t understand the question first.”
The interviewer suggested to Mueller that VW was dealing with an ethical problem in the U.S., to which he responded, “Frankly spoken, it was a technical problem. We made a default, we had a … not the right interpretation of the American law. And we had some targets for our technical engineers, and they solved this problem and reached targets with some software solutions which haven’t been compatible to the American law. That is the thing. And the other question you mentioned — it was an ethical problem? I cannot understand why you say that.
The CEO went on to say that is he is “working day and night to make a change process within Volkswagen.” After apologizing on behalf of Volkswagen, he confirmed that VW will be discussing with the EPA tomorrow on a possible solution for the diesel emissions problem.
After the initial interview that aired on Monday, Volkswagen approached NPR for another conversation with Muller. He took the time to clarify some of his statements, adding that the problem wasn’t created a mere three months ago, but rather 10 years ago. “We had the wrong reaction when we got information year by year from the EPA and from the [California Air Resources Board]. We have to apologize for that, and we’ll do our utmost to do things right for the future.”
Earlier today, it was reported that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) rejected Volkswagen’s proposed diesel fix, saying that it was not adequate or fast enough.
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