That is not the case: ex-VW CEO

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS -

VOLK­SWA­GEN’S for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive, Martin Win­terkorn, yes­ter­day de­clined to tell Ger­man leg­is­la­tors when he first learned about sys­tem­atic ex­haust emis­sions cheat­ing but said it was no ear­lier than VW had of­fi­cially ad­mit­ted. VW said its ex­ec­u­tive board did not learn of the vi­o­la­tions un­til late in Au­gust 2015 and for­mally re­ported the cheat­ing to au­thor­i­ties in the US in early Septem­ber that year. Upon be­ing asked whether he had known about soft­ware cheat­ing ear­lier, Win­terkorn told the Ger­man par­lia­ment’s com­mit­tee of in­quiry into car­mak­ers’ emis­sions ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties: “That is not the case.” Win­terkorn de­clined to be more spe­cific about when he was in­formed. Asked why he had no ear­lier knowl­edge, Win­terkorn said: “Soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tions rep­re­sent a very spe­cific area of work in en­gine devel­op­ment.” – Reuters

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