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Volkswagen(VOWG_p.DE) told U.S. dealers to halt sales of some 2015 diesel cars after regulators found software it designed for the affected vehicles gave false emissions
data, the company said yesterday announcing it had launched an investigation.
In a statement published by the carmaker on Sunday,Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn said, “I
personally am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers.
“Volkswagen has ordered an external investigation of this matter,” he said.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Friday the software deceived regulators measuring
toxic emissions, adding that the street cars are emitting between 10 and 40
times the amount of allowable nitrogen oxide pollution, which is not only illegal but harmful to both the environment and public. Volkswagen could face
fines of up to $18 billion as a result.
Reliable sources gathered that VW dealers still had some 2015 diesel Jetta, Passat and Beetle cars for sale but the four-cylinder TDI model accountd for 20 to 25 percent of VW’s U.S. sales, so this is going to hurt VW.
Christopher Grundler, director of the EPA Office of Transportation of Air Quality, said that the government will not grant VW a “certificate of
conformity” to sell the 2016 models with 2.0-liter diesel engines, meaning they cannot be sold.
The EPA will not take action to stop VW owners from driving their personal cars until a solution is made available, but Volks has removed its “clean-diesel” advertisements from YouTube and TV.
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credits: Reuters and jalopniks