You can’t have failed to have heard about the great VW fiasco with cars fitted with the larger diesel engine not being quite as green as was advertised. In fact, the cars could actually switch into a test mode to tick all the boxes in the workshop and revert to the default setting once away from the diagnostic equipment. The result was some very bad PR for VW, and with 11 million vehicles affected, a large financial headache.
The customers’ trust has been dented, and the VW America boss has admitted it ‘totally screwed up’ – but actually the manufacturer has cheated to boost sales of its vehicles and with a multi-billion dollar sum set aside to put the matter straight, it’s a real mess for VW. (more…)