Posted by Admin on November 23, 2017 in the following categories: Emissions News
Following on from Volkswagen’s huge car emissions cheating scandal, the Swiss Federal Criminal Court ordered that the Swiss Attorney General launch an official criminal probe into AMAG; Switzerland’s largest car importer and dealer.
AMAG was founded in 1945 and sells vehicles by Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and SEAT. The huge dealership generated over 4.4 billion Swiss Francs in 2015, and employed around 5,400 people nationwide at the time. The Federal Criminal Court said they ‘took the view that it could not be completely excluded that persons at AMAG were aware that emission values had been manipulated‘, and therefore seized evidence relating to the Volkswagen scandal from the dealership.
Volkswagen to spend £2.19 billion to buy-back and retrofitting vehicles in the U.S. – yet STILL no compensation for U.K. victims!
Posted by Admin on November 21, 2017 in the following categories: Emissions News
Volkswagen Group are reportedly set to take another £2.19 billion from third quarter budgets to cover the costs of its “buy-back” and “fix” schemes for cars fitted with so-called “defeat devices” in the U.S… Adding to the already monumental cost of the scandal that amounts to over £15 billion so far. The company said they’re increasing their budget to cover these costs as it was “proving to be far more technically complex and time consuming.”
“Yes, we’d already assumed this may be the case…”
News of the additional costs has reportedly had an impact on shares, reportedly dropping by 3% as investors may be losing further faith in the company. Some sources expect the scandal to cost Volkswagen up to £22.5 billion in total, yet U.K. victims are still neglected by the German automotive giants.
Posted by Admin on November 16, 2017 in the following categories: Emissions News
Read any book about Victorian London and it’ll likely mention the smog that enveloped one of the greatest cities in the world. The Great smog of 1952 choked residents, halted business and killed animals. You would think that with the drastic increase in technological development, we would be living in a world free of air pollution, and with companies like Volkswagen promising “Clean Diesel” technology, we were hopeful of a better future.
That was until we realised their ‘eco-friendly’ vehicles were far more harmful than people thought.
Today, air pollution is still a major concern for Londoners with the capital being densely packed with 8.6 million inhabitants. Compared to the average of 1,010 people per square mile in the rest of the country, London has an incredible 13,410 people per square mile. The bustling city is cramped with high-rise buildings and traffic – lots of traffic.
With such a high density of people, pollution is a major problem.
Posted by Admin on November 14, 2017 in the following categories: Emissions News
A court-appointed settlement advisor in Washington has confirmed that Fiat-Chrysler has engaged in settlement talks with claimant lawyers over yet another car emissions scandal that has plagued the motor industry these past two years.
The lawyers represent owners of Fiat-Chrysler cars that are reportedly fitted with certain software that can manipulate vehicle emissions and can affect the difference between emissions levels identified in testing and real-world conditions; similar to the ongoing Volkswagen Emissions Scandal.
Although Fiat-Chrysler deny they have done anything intentionally wrong, lawyers have brought claims in the U.S. that are looking likely to settle in favour of the drivers.
PSA Group accused of cheating diesel car emissions in almost two million vehicles; including Peugeot and Citroen
Posted by Admin on November 09, 2017 in the following categories: Emissions News
According to French newspaper Le Monde, the major car company jointly owned by Peugeot, a Chinese holding company, and the French state is being investigated for allegedly cheating emissions for diesel vehicles.
The motor group sells Peugeot, Citroen, DS automobiles, Opel and Vauxhall vehicles across the globe, bar the U.S., Canada and India.
It’s reportedly suspected that up to two million of their vehicles may be fitted with illegal software that can manipulate emissions outputs. The story screams of similarities to that of the VW Emissions Scandal, where 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide were fitted with software that falls within the definition of a so-called “defeat device”.
Posted by Admin on November 07, 2017 in the following categories: Emissions News
Since the VW emissions scandal erupted in September 2015, and since then there’s been rumours that other auto-makers have been up to similar activities. Allegations were made against the 7th largest auto maker, Fiat-Chrysler, a day after VW agreed to pay around £3.3 billion in civil and criminal penalties for its wrongdoing.
Despite the carmaker denying any wrongdoing, authorities have been investigating their vehicles and have found software that can reportedly affect emissions readouts. As such, it’s something we’re keeping a very close eye on, as there are some remarkable similarities between the VW emissions scandal and the probes in to Fiat-Chrysler.
Posted by Admin on November 02, 2017 in the following categories: VW Scandal
When VW chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch defended the decision not to publish the elusive Jones Day report, we weren’t happy; and we weren’t surprised
Poetsch stated that he defends the decision not to publish to Jones Day report and suggested that the law firm’s findings were included in the guilty plea agreed with U.S. authorities. If that’s the case, why withhold the report? If VW’s stance is that the information included in the plea and / or the summary released is enough to grasp the concept of the report, why not release the full report? What possible reason could there be to not publish it, unless they were hiding something?
Posted by Admin on October 31, 2017 in the following categories: VW Scandal
The pressure on Volkswagen bosses intensified earlier this year when asset management company Hermes called for a vote of no confidence against Volkswagen management.
More importantly, further focus is being drawn on the findings of the elusive Jones Day report; a report that may contain key evidence about the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal that has yet to be published. The report was the result of a meticulous investigation into the scandal, but all that has been given to the public and governments is a summary, which we say is not good enough.
Posted by Admin on October 26, 2017 in the following categories: VW Scandal
In April 2017, MPs discussed the third report produced by the Transport Select Committee and the government’s response.
Following on from the lack of action from Volkswagen (VW) in the U.K., MPs Louise Ellman and David T. C. Davies raised questions to minister John Hayes as to why compensation had not been offered to VW’s customers in the U.K., as well as other questions regarding air pollution and the Government’s plan to tackle the issues.
Here’s a reminder of what went on…
Posted by Admin on October 24, 2017 in the following categories: Emissions News
It came to light in 2015 that Volkswagen had fitted 11 million of their vehicles worldwide with so-called “defeat devices” that could ensure they passed lawful emissions testing whilst polluting far more dangerous NOx in real world conditions.
From this, VW decided to perform a “software update” or as its known better the “fix” on affected cars, and assured the public that the software update was to put peoples’ minds at ease and did not admit to any wrongdoing. They also suggested the “fix” will not cause any issues for vehicles, yet this doesn’t seem to be the case…