Category: Emissions News
The breaking of the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal has naturally resulted in other car makers coming under the spotlight for allegedly bending or breaking the rules for emissions testing. Several other manufactures have already been accused by regulators, but independent research conducted by a transport and environment campaign group suggests the scandal is very wide indeed.
It is claimed that some 30 more “dirty diesel” vehicles have produced “suspect” results, with evidence of some allegedly employing defeat devices as well.
Audi vehicles are already being brought in, but we are now advised that Volkswagen have been given the go ahead for the recall fixes for 2L Passat, CC, and Eos models by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority.
That equates to 800,000 of the 11 million worldwide!
There is still a long way to go, and concerns over how well fixes will work on other models remains an ongoing issue.
We’ve said it right from the start, and repeated this sentiment several times since we launched our action against the Volkswagen group – which car maker is next?
With Mitsubishi, Nissan, Fiat, and Opel all being in the limelight with various admissions and accusations about cheating or rigging emissions data, the question of who has specifically acted illegally is being raised again.
The latest is this: Fiat are being accused of breaking the law, whereas Opal may get away with what they have done because of how we define what’s “legal” and how we define what is “cheating.”
We have already received reports confirming that the recall will have an adverse impact on the performance of a vehicle once the recall has been completed. The Volkswagen group are telling us that there will be no changes to the performance or fuel economy of the vehicle, but we’re being told an entirely different tale by experts and by the few who have had the recall done so far.
The evidence appears damning, and it all points toward yet another possible misrepresentation as we’re finding out that it’s nigh impossible to conduct the recall without adversely impacting vehicles.
Following increasing pressures from U.S. federal and State governments, Volkswagen agreed the framework of a compensation deal for some half a million affected vehicles in the U.S. last month, and they are now set for an update after it was agreed that payouts would be made, and that repair options or buyback schemes will also be put in place for victims as well.
In the UK we’re acting for thousands of victims affected by the Volkswagen emissions scandal, yet Volkswagen are currently refusing to pay out. We’re confident we will be able to settle cases but it may take some additional time due to far less pressure from the UK government possibly slowing the action down in comparison.
A common question in the lips of the many thousands of people we act for has been: “when will the Volkswagen recall begin?”
We’ve all been waiting very patiently since the German automotive giants suggested it would begin in January this year, but until now, we’ve all had to be very patient!
Clients are now advising us that they have received more letters asking them to book their vehicle in for the recall, so it looks like it’s finally begun.
It started with the Volkswagen Group, affecting VW themselves, Audi, SEAT, and Skoda; then Mitsubishi admitted to manipulating results, and it has been alleged that independent testing of Fiat vehicles has found some alarming results as well.
Now it’s Nissan’s turn as the British-built Qashqai has been recalled in South Korea after claims they have also fitted vehicles with emissions cheating devices.
The worldwide and growing emissions scandal continues to spread!
Wolfgang Hatz, a head engineer at Porsche, was suspended in the wake of the emission scandal stemming from its parent company Volkswagen. It’s suspected that tens of thousands of Porsche models may be affected by the scandal, and Hatz was suspended pending further investigations along with a whole host of other senior figures.
Seven months on from the suspension he has left his post and has been replaced by head of quality management, Michael Steiner.
When “dieselgate” first broke, we asked the all important question: who is next?
Then, Mitsubishi admitted to cheating emissions testing as far back as 1991, and we still asked the same important question: who is next!?
Well, German authorities are pointing the finger at Italian carmakers Fiat after claims of irregularities during emissions testing has raised questions as to whether they are also involved in an emissions cheating scandal of their own.
Mitsubishi admit to cheating since 1991 as domestic orders and share value is HALVED in wake of new scandal
We recently reported that Japanese car giants Mitsubishi have also admitted to cheating emissions results in a scandal similar to the Volkswagen one.
Internal investigations found that employees had been manipulating results of emissions testing, and in the wake of the scandal, they have since admitted that they’ve been doing it for 25 years – i.e. back to 1991!
In the wake of the admission, domestic orders of vehicles have halved, and their share value has also halved as well.