The boss of Volkswagen’s US business has admitted the firm was dishonest in using software to rig emissions tests. Michael Horn said: “Our company was dishonest with the EPA and the California air resources board, and with all of you, and in my German words, we have totally screwed up.” Last Friday, US regulators said VW diesel cars had much higher emissions than tests had suggested.
Thinking this might just be the understatement of the decade …… “screwed up”. The world’s number 1 car maker Volkswagen with a reputation for German quality and integrity falls foul of corporate greed and gets pissed on it’s power more like. Reputations that take a lifetime to build blown away in a sentence or two.
So I guess now we know some of the reasons why the sales pitch tells us the car will do 60mpg and reality tells us more like 45mpg or wait for it, no that’s nothing to do with it the supporters of big corporations are screaming. Lets get it straight, if the power drunk corporation want’s to lie to us about anything they want, then they will. If it sells another unit then let’s face it, they don’t care, we don’t matter and they continue to rake in the profits, especially in the UK where they charge us an additional one third minimum on top of any US or EU price, just because we’re daft enough to pay it. The Great British love affair with the automobile sometimes clouds our judgement, but still we come back for more, I’m no exception. With this one though, and having invested in 5 maybe more VW’s over the course of my car buying life, I find myself hit really badly by this scandal. I just keep repeating – VW of all people…. VW … OMFG , so sad, but is it really a surprise in our modern culture of profit first, cut any corner you need to mentality around the boardroom tables of the power pissed corporate executives in 2015?
Some other governments have announced they will also investigate.
The South Korean government said that it would test up to 5,000 Jetta and Golf cars, along with Audi A3s made in 2014 and 2015.
The probe will be expanded to all German diesel cars if issues are found.