MOSCOW (Sputnik) – All major diesel car brands are selling vehicles in Europe that breach air pollution limits, with Germany's Volkswagen (VW) manufacturing some of the cleanest cars, the European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E) said on Monday. "The failure to penalize VW in Europe is the tip of the Dieselgate iceberg with an estimated 29 million grossly polluting modern diesel cars now in use, a number that is still growing," the T&E said in a report. © Flickr / Gerry LauzonSeoul Prosecutors Question Volkswagen Korea CEO Over Alleged Emission Test FraudThe paper pointed out that Euro 5 and Euro 6 standards failed to improve the situation as they are widely violated by car manufacturers. The T&E created lists of the worst and the best performing companies in terms of environmental standards. The dirtiest Euro 5 vehicles are produced by Renault … [Read more...] about Dieselgate: Volkswagen Emissions Scandal is Just ‘Tip of Iceberg’
The German parliament (Bundestag) on Thursday voted in favor of allowing class-action lawsuits to be brought against big corporations. The legislation is regarded as a major victory for German consumers, particularly at a time when the country is struggling with the real and suspected emissions manipulation scandals at a number of its world-renowned automakers. To grasp the implications, we have to first understand what a class-action lawsuit is and how it works. A class-action lawsuit is basically a system of collective redress, where a group of people who have broadly similar complaints join together to sue the defending party. This would make it easier for people to join a legal case, while avoiding high legal costs that might discourage them from initiating such action. Class-action lawsuits are a common practice in the United States, but in Europe they are relatively rare. At present, only five of the European Union's 28 member states — Belgium, Italy, … [Read more...] about Dieselgate — will class-action lawsuits come to Germans’ rescue?
Volkswagen’s CEO Herbert Diess, chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch, and former CEO Martin Winterkorn are being hit with criminal charges for allegedly waiting to tell investors about the automaker’s rampant emissions cheating, German prosecutors announced on Tuesday. The company’s supervisory board has reportedly called an emergency meeting to discuss the market manipulation charges. Volkswagen and Winterkorn are already being sued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission over similar civil charges. The charges come almost four years to the day after the Environmental Protection Agency accused Volkswagen (and many of its sub-brands, like Audi and Porsche) of selling diesel vehicles that polluted far more than regulations allowed, a scandal that’s since become known as Dieselgate. The massive German automaker had masked this fact by installing software on the cars that recognized when they were being put through emissions testing. During these tests, the cars … [Read more...] about Volkswagen’s current CEO and chairman are being charged with Dieselgate crimes
BERLIN (Sputnik) — Merkel said that she was upset about the scandal, in which German cars have lost credibility. "We, as a government, should maneuver and create a solution to avoid banning these cars, including the court ban, in the cities affected by the mounting pollution levels," Merkel said. © AP Photo / Christof StacheNicht Gut: Germans Turn on Their Own Carmakers As 'Dieselgate' Scandal WidensMerkel also invited the representatives of German municipalities to a meeting on September 4 in order to work out a strategy to restore trust to the diesel cars. The diesel scandal, in which Germany's Volkswagen was involved, dates back to 2015, when the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accused the company of using emission cheating software for its diesel cars. The company admitted that 11 million of its vehicles worldwide had been fitted with such software and … [Read more...] about Merkel Says Berlin Tries to Restore German Cars’ Reputation After ‘Dieselgate’
A settlement between Volkswagen and US regulators could be coming soon, after a judge gave the two sides more time to hammer out an agreement. The two sides have until April 21st — tomorrow — to come to an agreement, and German newspaper Die Welt says a deal has been made. The settlement would include giving $5,000 to affected US owners, a nearly $3 billion payout, with other conditions likely applied. No details on a timeline or whether the cars would be fixed have been shared. More details should be coming tomorrow. This is far from the end of the Volkswagen diesel saga, however. The company was recently sued by the US Federal Trade Commission over its long-running "Clean Diesel" advertising campaign amid allegations of false advertising, and it faces lawsuits and regulatory investigations around the world. … [Read more...] about US Volkswagen owners affected by Dieselgate could get $5,000 checks
"On 9 December 2019, Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft was charged with 60 counts of contravening the Canadian Environmental Protection Act", the release said on Monday. Agency enforcement officers, the release added, found 128,000 vehicles that did not meet emission standards that were imported into Canada from January 2008 to December 2015. According to the release, the company is also charged with two counts of providing misleading information. Following an investigation that began in 2015, Canadian enforcement officials contend that the vehicles identified were fitted with a prohibited 'defeat device' - software that reduces the effectiveness of the emission control system during normal vehicle operation and use, the statement said. US regulators accused Volkswagen in 2015 of falsifying emission test results for its diesel-engine cars, in what became known as 'dieselgate'. The automaker admitted that 11 million diesel cars worldwide had been equipped with pollution test cheating … [Read more...] about Canadian Government Charges Volkswagen With Emission Standards Violations