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VOLKSWAGEN SCANDAL: THE CONTINUING SAGA

Yes, it is still going on.  The following Editorial says it all.

VW scandal: Still waiting on remedies

By The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board | 5 p.m. Jan. 15, 2016

In recent years, the California Air Resources Board has been credibly accused of regulatory overkill and of covering up an odd internal scandal. But the air board is on 100 percent solid ground in going after Volkswagen over the German automaker’s astoundingly blithe response to regulators’ September announcement that they had caught VW engaging in mass fraud. VW installed stealth software in millions of diesel cars it sold around the world to make their emissions seem much cleaner than they actually were.

The air board said VW’s proposed fix for the 480,000 diesel cars with rigged software sold in the U.S. was inadequate and wouldn’t allow them to meet emission standards. VW also failed to provide the state agency with crucial information on how its turbocharged direct injection diesel engines work, so regulators could better understand how they might be fixed.

Given the recent comments of Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Officer Matthias Mueller, this sluggishness and unseriousness is no surprise at all. In a Jan. 10 interview with National Public Radio, Mueller suggested what his company faced was a “technical problem” and said VW had merely misunderstood U.S. regulations — not tried to subvert them.

After this attempt at spin triggered a harsh backlash, Mueller backtracked. But until he and other VW officials internalize the awfulness of what they’ve done, it seems unlikely that they’ll provide the thorough, appropriate response that state and federal regulators demand.

    

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