In The Wake Of Emissions Scandal, Volkswagen Finds Software Discrepancy Affecting 11 Million Vehicles
As the situation continues to get worse for the Volkswagen Group in the public eye, the auto maker has just released a statement saying that they themselves have some irregularities concerning the software used in diesel engines. And based on this finding, Volkswagen Group now believes that as much as 11 million vehicles are affected by their software that functions as a defeat device.
Last Friday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had revealed that they had issued a notice of violation (NOV) of the Clean Air Act to the Volkswagen Group including Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. The NOV alleges that the group had developed and installed defeat devices on diesel light-duty vehicles that have 2.0 liter engines from model years 2009 to 2015.
According to the EPA, the affected diesel vehicles include the 2009 to 2015 models of Jetta; 2009 to 2014 models of Jetta Sportwagen; 2012 to 2015 models of Beetle, the Beetle Convertible and Passat; 2010 to 2015 models Audi A3 and Golf as well as the 2015 model of Golf Sportwagen.
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Volkswagen has said that it has discovered discrepancies related to vehicles that carry a Type EA 189 engine. Specifically, they found a significant deviation between test results and road use. The troubled auto company says it is now working “intensely” to be able to “eliminate these deviation through technical measures.”
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Meanwhile, Volkswagen has also disclosed they had set aside a provision amounting to €6.5 billion to cover costs arising from the emissions scandal. The company also faces a national class action lawsuit from owners of Volkswagen and Audi vehicles who believed they had purchased a “CleanDiesel” car. These vehicle owners are represented by Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP.