"We have really screwed up." - VW US Chief.
Well, shit is hitting the fan right this very moment. In case you hadn't heard, Volkswagen got caught cheating on diesel emissions regulations for, oh, the past six years. Basically, the German carmaker's 2.0-liter TDI turbo diesel four-cylinder emits way more nitrous oxide than VW stated. Affected models include the 2009-2015 Beetle TDI, Golf TDI, and Jetta TDI, to name just a few. As many as 11 million VWs around the world could be affected.
The problem was originally discovered back in 2014 at the West Virginia University's Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions and the International Council for Clean Transportation. VW was presented with the findings and issued a recall last December, but the EPA still wasn't satisfied; VW had no good answer for the faulty numbers. That brings us to earlier this month when VW engineers admitted to their crime: writing two different programs into one engine computer. One was for emissions testing, the other for everything else. Nice, huh? So what are those 51 additional reasons why the US government is especially angry at VW?
According to the LA Times, the government paid out as much as $51 million in green car subsidies to people who bought them. In reality, $51 million isn't all that much for the US, considering it spent an estimated $720 million a day at one point during the second Iraq war. But still, it's money wasted based on lies. And now certain VW executives are resigning. It won't end there for VW because it's about to get sued by the entire world.