Sev­eral VW engi­neers ad­mit to in­stalling cheat de­vice: re­port

The China Post - - BUSINESS -

Sev­eral engi­neers at scan­dal-hit Ger­man au­tomaker Volk­swa­gen have ad­mit­ted to in­stalling the de­vice in the com­pany’s cars aimed at cheat­ing pol­lu­tion tests, a news­pa­per re­ported Sun­day.

Bild am Son­ntag said the em­ploy­ees told an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion that they had been in­volved in the af­fair, which came to light last month.

“Sev­eral engi­neers stated that they in­stalled the de­cep­tion soft­ware in 2008,” the news­pa­per said.

Bild did not re­veal their iden­ti­ties or say how many had made the ad­mis­sion.

But it said their state­ments had so far failed to un­mask those who mas­ter­minded the scam.

The engi­neers said the EA 189 en­gine, de­vel­oped by VW in 2005, could not have com­plied with pol­lu­tion caps and cost tar­gets with­out the de­cep­tion.

Volk­swa­gen has ad­mit­ted that up to 11 mil­lion diesel ve­hi­cles world­wide are fit­ted with the so­called de­feat de­vice.

The gad­get de­tects when the car is un­der­go­ing test­ing and switches the en­gine to a low-emis­sions mode.

It then switches off this mode when the car is on the road. Un­der real con­di­tions, the car spews out far higher emis­sions than is per­mit­ted.

The global scam has wiped more than 40 per­cent off Volk­swa­gen’s mar­ket cap­i­tal­iza­tion and led chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Win­terkorn to re­sign.

VW, a cham­pion of Ger­man in­dus­try, has vowed to get to the bot­tom of the scan­dal with a probe led by a team of U.S. lawyers.


The VW logo sits on the steer­ing wheel of a Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat in Nauen, Ger­many, Sept. 24.

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