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.
The VW emissions scandal: what is NOx, why should you care, and who knew all ozone wasn’t good for us?
If you’ve paid any attention to the news over the last few months, you might have heard about the VW emissions scandal, and how they cheated on emissions testing so that their cars looked like they produced less NOx than they actually did in the real world. What you probably don’t know is why this is actually an issue beyond just that of broken consumer trust.
We’re currently acting for thousands of individuals affected by the scandal and we wanted to highlight the importance of reducing NOx emissions and why you should, in our opinion, care about it!
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.
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.