Volkswagen CEO Resigns As Emissions Scandal Worsens
In the wake of the scandal that has surrounded the Volkswagen Group regarding misleading emissions data, Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn has decided to step down from his post.
Nonetheless, Winterkorn maintains that he had no knowledge of the company’s use of defeat device software even before the issue became public.
Following Winterkorn’s announcement, the Executive Committee of Volkswagen AG’s Supervisory Board has also issued a statement, commending Winterkorn “for his willingness to nevertheless assume responsibility,” even if it has been proven that the company’s CEO had nothing to do with the false emissions data coming from its diesel engine vehicles. As this happens, it has also been announced that the company has been aggressively moving forward with internal investigations and assures everyone that those responsible for the emissions scandal will be made “subject to full consequences.”
As much as 11 million vehicles that are running on a Type EA 189 diesel engines are at the center of emissions scandal, where it has been found that certain models of Volkswagen and Audi cars from model years 2009 to 2015 have been reflecting false emissions data during periodic emissions testing. This has been made by possible by a defeat device software installed in the affected vehicles.
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The defeat device software worked by letting the emissions controls system run at full capacity only at the time that the vehicle was undergoing emissions system testing. At other times, the defeat device on the affected vehicles would shut off most of the emissions control systems. This means the affected Volkswagen and Audi vehicles actually emit 40 times more pollution into the environment that what is allowed under the Clean Air Act and state regulations.
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CNN Money reports that Volkswagen now faces as much as 34 federal lawsuits for its emissions issue. At the same time, Volkswagen has also said that is has decided to voluntarily a complaint to the State Prosecutors’ office in Brunswick, paving the way for a criminal investigation, the company says, it will fully support.
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Meanwhile, Winterkorn says that by stepping down, he hopes that the company would get a “fresh start.” And as he leaves the company, Winterkorn insists that Volkswagen must continue a “process of clarification and transparency,” if it is ever to win back everyone’s trust.