On September 18, Volkswagen was asked to recall approx. 480,000 after being caught utilizing software that was designed to cheat emissions tests involving emission of pollutants, by cutting their nitrogen oxide pollution during certain tests. The software allowed VW cars to emit 40 times the amount of pollution allowed by law, causing the Environmental Protection Agency to take notice.
On September 20th, Volkswagen started showing some accountability, asserting that an investigation would be launched internally. The next day, suspicion grows stronger within VW’s own camp, with many foreign car manufacturers taking note of the significant dip in stock value for VW. The next day—the 21st—VW finally comes out and admits that 11 million of their cars, worldwide, have been fitted with these emission-cheating devices. These could mean that VW has been responsible for pumping out 900,000 tons of extra nitrogen oxide per year, far past the national health standards.
CEO of Volkswagen Martin Winterkorn resigned on September 23rd 2015, claiming that he was “not aware of any wrongdoing on my part”. The next day Germany confirmed that VW vehicles sold with emission test cheat devices were sold across Europe.
On the 25th of September, VW’ new head of operations was unveiled: Matthias Müller. The man claims that only a “small group” f people were aware and perpetuated the emissions scandal, and that those individuals have been suspended since.
So many people drive VW’s these days, it makes me wonder, do you drive a Volkswagen, and if so, how do you feel about this particular scandal?