Volkswagen’s Year Got Off To A Terrible Start

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The automaker’s always in trouble.

It looks like Volkswagen can’t catch a break with its diesel engines scandal. The United States Department of Justice has just announced that it will be filing suit against the Volkswagen Group for software used to cheat emissions tests, found in vehicles from VW, Audi and Porsche. The Department of Justice filed the suit on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, naming Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche and each of the automaker’s US divisions as defendants.

The suit states that nearly 600,000 diesels were sold in the US with a defeat device, which allowed the vehicles to pass emissions testing while still emitting harmful and illegal amounts of pollutants. Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division believes that VW needs to redress its wrongdoings. “Car manufacturers that fail to properly certify their cars and that defeat emission control systems breach the public trust, endanger public health and disadvantage competitors,” stated Cruden. “The United States will pursue all appropriate remedies against Volkswagen to redress the violations of our nation’s clean air laws alleged in the complaint.”

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The suit comes at a time when VW was supposed to find a solution to its effected vehicles. Assistant Administrator Cynthia Giles of the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance stated, “so far, recall discussions with the company have not produced an acceptable way forward. These discussions will continue in parallel with the federal court action.” The suit names roughly 500,000 2.0-liter TDI-powered VW models from 2009 to 2015 and approximately 85,000 3.0-liter TDI models from VW, Audi and Porsche as having violated US environmental regulations. The suit allows the Department of Justice to hit VW with monetary civil penalties, but no dollar amount was specified.

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