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.
A deal is being reportedly offered to victims of the US Volkswagen Emissions Scandal which could see consumers paid $5,000 in compensation with an offer to buy back their affected vehicles, sources close to the deal say.
Around 600,000 vehicles are affected in the U.S. – half the number of affected vehicles in the UK – and more money is due to be set aside as part of the package.
This development is welcome news for victims affected worldwide who are now looking to the German car giants at the centre of the scandal to put similar deals in place across the globe.
You may be aware that Volkswagen have seemingly changed their position a few times in terms of whether they will offer compensation for victims of the emission defeat device scandal (aka “Dieselgate”).
They have suggested that they will pay victims in the USA yet they have decided to take a very different stance here in the UK by denying liability for claims and saying they will not be paying any compensation to victims; despite the fact they have admitted what’s happened!
In light of their denial of liability, will VW customers get compensation?
Volkswagen have reportedly caved to pressure from workers and shareholders with bosses facing cuts to their bonuses as high as 70%, reports have suggested.
The move has been announced in the wake of the ongoing emissions scandal which has seen the German motor giants currently refusing to pay UK victims of the scandal any compensation at all.
We said right from the start of our action that it’s important to remember two key things at the heart of the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal:
- That steps were taken by Volkswagen to intentionally misrepresent vehicles with the installation of a ‘defeat device’
- There will have been a very poignant reason as to why Volkswagen decided to cheat as opposed to act honestly
The second point has remained an ongoing question; what were Volkswagen so scared of happening that made them take the inappropriate decision to misrepresent their vehicles as opposed to acting fairly and being honest?
Deep down, we always knew what the reasons would be…
We’re acting for thousands of people affected by the Volkswagen emissions cheat device scandal, and we’re receiving copies of the latest letter sent to those affected with an update on the progress of the recall.
Although our action is running separately to the recall, as we’re going for compensation for those who have been affected by the emissions scandal, we’re of course keeping a very close eye on how the recall is going.
The latest update and statements from Volkswagen UK are in…
In the initial statement from Volkswagen UK, which is still visible on their site, they said:
“We have broken the most important part in our vehicles: your trust.
Now, our number one priority is winning back that trust.”Volkswagen UK
So, now that we’re in the second quarter of 2016, when is the recall that was supposed to start in January 2016 actually happening?
Truth be told, we have no idea!
- Top brass at Volkswagen knew about the emissions cheating as early as 2014
- The existence of the cheat devices was an “open secret”
- VW sales down on the previous year (14% quoted so far) with competitors enjoying a good start to the year
Despite all of this, and despite the fact that the law is (in our minds) very clear in terms of the responsibility that Volkswagen has to compensate people, they are refusing to offer victims affected by their cheat devices any compensation at all.
So what does this mean for the victims?