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Seven months on from the suspension he has left his post and has been replaced by head of quality management, Michael Steiner.
Seven months on from the breaking of the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal and here’s the state of play:
- No recall initiated despite it supposedly starting January 2016;
- No viable fix that won’t affect fuel consumption and engine performance according to independent research;
- Not a single penny in compensation paid to the millions of consumers worldwide who have been sold a misrepresented vehicle;
- £49m pounds to be paid in bonuses to VW bosses!
Yes, you read that right! Despite the PR nightmares and failed assurances, the VW bosses at the top are still going to receive millions in bonuses despite Volkswagen being at the centre of the one the biggest scandals in history.
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.
The Transport Select Committee and consumer groups have accused the government of being “phenomenally complacent” over the Volkswagen Emissions scandal, and have even accused Department for Transport minister, Mr Robert Goodwill, of helping to protect Volkswagen’s reputation.
Both consumer groups and MP’s have criticised government ministers who remain unwilling to say one way or another whether Volkswagen have broken the law. Members said that lawyers acting for VW would be “popping Champaign corks” after Mr Goodwill’s failure to look at a criminal prosecution.
Volkswagen engineers at the heart of the investigation in to the massive worldwide emissions scandal (AKA “dieselgate”) reportedly used “code words” to cover their tracks for rigging the emissions data of vehicles.
The software they developed could tell when the vehicle was being tested and when it wasn’t – which was how the emissions controls knew to turn on during tests and switch off the rest of the time.
To shroud what was really going on, it’s been reported that a series of “code words” were used.
The big question – just how long ago did the German automotive giants have plans or ideas in place to solve their emissions problems by cheating the system?
Some bosses have claimed no knowledge at all; some have admitted finding out in the last couple of years; but in reality it’s hard to know just how long they may have had this planned unless people own up to it.
Fresh news has emerged that suggests Volkswagen may have had this planned, or considered taking such action, as far back as 1999 – a damning revelation, if true.
We’ve been waiting for it to happen – several other manufactures have already been investigated by the authorities on suspicion of misleading emissions data following on from the Volkswagen scandal.
Following internal investigations, Mitsubishi Motors has admitted their employees have manipulated emissions data which has led to their offices in Japan being raided by the authorities.
In a scandal that has an almost identical feel to the Volkswagen Emissions scandal, bosses at the Japanese car giants have released statements confirming that employees have misrepresented data.