I have been a big fan of Audi for a about 7 years now. Around that time my grandfather bought an Audi A8L, Audi vehicles have multiplied throughout my family. I was lucky enough to own one for a few years and since then they have become one of my favorite companies. Now obviously Audi’s parent company Volkswagen has been under a lot of scrutiny recently. Volkswagen found ways to go over the emissions standards without being caught. However, recently an inside worker exposed Volkswagen and since then they have been dealing with problems form the press, problems in the stock market, and problems with the law. I have listened to few pod cast and read several articles on how the scandal actually and happened the scandal and it is very interesting.
For those who do not know what happened, Volkswagen cheated emissions testing for years by using special software on one of its lines of diesel engines. The EPA’s findings cover 482,000 cars in the US only, including the VW-manufactured Audi A3, and the VW models Jetta, Beetle, Golf and Passat. So obviously they took it open themselves to get around the emission laws knowing that it was wrong. Since 2011, they have been under investigation for cheating these tests, however, it could never be validated and the company would lie to the European Emissions companies and government. In late 2015 and early 2016 the US conducted tests that found the device that allowed Volkswagen to dodged the emissions laws.
Since then Volkswagen has done everything in their power to save face. In a lot of ways it sounds similar to the way that Mike Dasiey conducted himself. On an NRP interview with Volkswagen CEO, Matthias Mueller, Mueller explains that “the whole thing is a misunderstanding.” When Mueller was asked, “ You said this was a technical problem, but the American people feel this is not a technical problem, this is an ethical problem that’s deep inside the company. How do you change that perception in the U.S.?” he responded, “Frankly spoken, it was a technical problem. We made a default, we had a … not the right interpretation of the American law. And we had some targets for our technical engineers, and they solved this problem and reached targets with some software solutions which haven’t been compatible to the American law. That is the thing. And the other question you mentioned — it was an ethical problem? I cannot understand why you say that.” Mueller claimed that they never lied and that this is not an ethical problem. I am excited to see how people in this blog respond to this and I would like to hear everyones opinions on the case.