Volkswagen Was Warned in 2007 By Bosch About Illegal Software

Volkswagen Was Warned in 2007 By Bosch About Illegal Software Bosch reportedly warned Volkswagen on its illegal software use in 2007 but the German automaker unseen the warnings.
The engine management software is the center of the controversial discovery that Volkswagen cheated on diesel emissions tests and in addition to Robert Bosch warning Volkswagen in 2007, one of the German automaker’s own engineers warned the company in 2011 in this area illegal emissions testing practices. According to German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, Bosch full diesel software to Volkswagen for testing purposes but it eventually finished up on road-going, production vehicles.
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The publication also noted that the scandal started in 2005 when then-Volkswagen brand chief Wolfgang Bernhard wanted to develop a new diesel enginef or the U.S. market. It appeared that the only way to produce an engine that would meet U.S. emission standards was to use an AdBlue urea key that would have cost around $335 per vehicle, a sum that finance officials at Volkswagen said was too high.
After Bernhard left Volkswagen in 2007, Martin Winterkorn became VW Assemble and brand CEO and tasked Audi development boss Ulrich Hackenberg to continue development on the engine. It appears that the engine eventually used software manipulated to fool diesel emissions tests in the U.S.
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Diesel Emissions Scandal Now Includes 2.1M Audi Cars

Diesel Emissions Scandal Now Includes 2.1M Audi Cars Audi has revealed that 2.1 million of its vehicles are fit with software that is meant to cheat diesel emissions tests.
Of that total, 1.42 million of the vehicles are in Western Europe, 577,00 are in Germany alone, while just 13,000 are in the U.S. The models affected are the A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, TT, Q3 and Q5 according to Audi.
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After being called out by the EPA in the U.S., VW admitted that in this area 11 millions vehicles worldwide were fitted with the Type EA 189 diesel engines that were designed to cheat on emissions tests. Roughly 5 million of the vehicles are VW brand cars, with the rest belonging to companies owned by VW.
Volkswagen is still investigating the matter and has not yet announced how it plans to fix the affected vehicles. Last week, Martin Winterkorn resigned as the CEO of Volkswagen in the wake of the scandal and was replaced later in the week by Matthis Mueller, the former head of Porsche.
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Resigned Volkswagen CEO Will Probably Collect $32 Million If Not Much More

Resigned Volkswagen CEO Will Probably Collect $32 Million If Not Much More Upon stepping down yesterday amidst a growing emissions cheating scandal, Volkswagen CEO Dr. Martin Winterkorn likely collected $32 million (28.6 million euros) in pension and could get many millions more.
Regarding the in-inquiry balance is whether Wintorkorn, 68, will also be compensated two year’s “remuneration.” His annual compensation as VW head and majority shareholder in Porsche SE was $18.6 million (16.6 million euros).
Up in the air therefore is how many millions more this could amount to.
SEE ALSO: What Volkswagen’s ‘Dieselgate’ Is, and Why it Matters
A company spokesman declined to confirm exactly how much he could get, and the actual figure will be determined by the company’s board which could deny compensation depending on circumstances it deems surround his exit.
According to Bloomberg, it appears he left in excellent standing, and it was Winterkorn who requested the board terminate his job. He was highly praised upon exiting.
The outgoing chief executive did ceremoniously accept responsibility for the emissions cheating, but officially the board cleared him saying Winterkorn “had no knowledge of the management of emissions data.”
“As CEO I accept responsibility for the irregularities that have been found in diesel engines and have therefore requested the supervisory board to agree on terminating my function as CEO,” he said. “I am doing this in the interests of the company even though I am not aware of any wrongdoing on my part.”
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Winterkorn had been with the company since 2007 where he oversaw a spin leading the automaker to exceed top-ranked Toyota earlier this year for global number one.
The company is now feverously working to do hurt control to its reputation and stock valuation which lost close to $26 billion Monday and Tuesday.
SEE ALSO: VW CEO Winterkorn Resigns As Emission Scandal Unfolds
Unknown yet is how it will make legal up to 11 million four-cylinder diesel engines sold in various markets including 482,000 in the U.S. These possess software the company engineered to let them pass emissions testing, then resort to a different mode once on the road. Most severe is NOx emissions which could increase by 10-40 percent U.S, legal limits.
Winterkorn said a change of leadership would help restore the company he deeply admires and cares for.
As part of what could be two payouts totaling tens of millions following the largest scandal in recent automotive history, Winterkorn is also entitled to a free company car for the years the benefit is being paid.

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More Carmakers Might be Cheating on Diesel Emissions Testing

More Carmakers Might be Cheating on Diesel Emissions Testing Volkswagen might not be the only automaker cheating on diesel emissions tests.
Earlier this month, the European Federation for Transport and Environment released a report signifying that automakers could be using software or other technology so that their diesel vehicles perform better during emissions tests than they do on the road. The report points at BMW, Mercedes-Benz and General Motors’ Opel brand as potential offenders.
The European environmental assemble based its report on a review of data from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), the same organization which outed Volkswagen for cheating on diesel emissions tests.
SEE ALSO: What Volkswagen’s ‘Dieselgate’ Is, and Why it Matters
As a result, the report now raises questions in this area how Europe’s emissions testing is conducted and suggests that Volkswagen may not be the only automaker that have used methods to get better readings in emissions tests. The assemble says that ICCT tests have clear discrepancies between lab emissions test results and real-world performance.
Organization spokesman Nico Muzi said that Volkswagen is “just the tip of the iceberg” and that the discrepancies are “experience crosswise the board.”
Considering how bright the spotlight is on Volkswagen, don’t be surprised if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) starts bright it elsewhere.
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Consumers Say Auto Industry Is Innovative And Effectively Cutting Emissions

Consumers Say Auto Industry Is Innovative And Effectively Cutting Emissions Even though pollution is still seen as one of the largest shortcomings for personal vehicles, the majority of patrons feel the auto diligence is progressing with emission reductions and investments in renewable energy sources.
This outlook of the auto diligence’s reputation comes from a survey sponsored by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and conducted by polling institute TNS Sofres.
“The conclusions are quite clear and positive, with the car seen as an object of question, providing many vital advantages compared to any other transport mode: globally, patrons view the car as comfortable, practical, quick, safe, and future oriented,” said Matthias Wissmann, first vice president for OICA. “Also the diligence itself scores extremely high and is fundamentally considered as an diligence that can be trusted and is innovative.”
Source: International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers
Carbon emissions are the largest problem personal vehicles face, as marked by more than 60 percent of the survey’s responders. In comparison, less than 20 percent felt that other transportation issues – including being stressful, tiring, and having too many constraints – applied to cars. Patrons also said personal vehicles pollute more than public transportation.
Source: International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers
But even pollution was named as the leading weakness for personal vehilces, patrons also said the auto diligence is doing a excellent job tackling the issue. Not only are auto manufactures making progress reducing both carbon emissions and non-carbon emission, said respondents, but 68 percent said the diligence also excels at investing in sustainable energy sources.
Source: International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers
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The survey revealed that, as a whole, the reputation of the auto diligence is rated very fortunately. It gets the highest scores for innovation, with in this area 80 percent of responders noting that manufacturers are developing the newest technologies for vehicles, including connected and intelligent vehicles.
Patrons also said the diligence actively seeks solutions to challenges, makes products that improve the quality of life, and can be trusted in the long term.
For the survey, TNS Sofres’ automotive team completed more than 14,000 interviews in 18 countries, “with the goal of capturing patrons’ attachment to the automobile and their image and attitude of the sector overall,” noted OICA.

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Volkswagen Lost Almost $17 Billion in Stock Value Today

Volkswagen Lost Almost $17 Billion in Stock Value Today While Volkswagen could face up to $18 billion in fines for an emissions cheating scandal its stock was devalued $16.9 billion today.
It was the leading one-day slide since November 2009, and comes at a time the German automaker is facing challenges in other arena. The shares declined by 13 percent to 140.95 euros by 0207 EDT.
SEE ALSO: EPA and California Allege Volkswagen Diesels Willfully Circumvented Clean Air Act
The company’s former chairman Ferdinand Piech has resigned five montghs ago in a power struggle with Martin Winterkorn over strategy and the company had been balanced to shake off doubts in this area its leadership.
Then Friday a strongly worded accusation by the EPA named the company a shark by intentionally installing a device to trick emissions inspectors into passing its diesel cars.
The company has acknowledged the allegation, and its CEO has apologized saying it has no tolerance for law breaking.
Volkswagen is also facing diminishing sales in China, other operational issues, and its VW brand had already been struggling with profitability.
“This disaster is beyond all expectations,” said Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, head of the Center of Automotive Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen to Business Insider.

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China’s Fourth Largest Automaker Opens Facility In US

China’s Fourth Largest Automaker Opens Facility In US One of China’s leading automakers – BAIC Motor – has opened a research and development gift in California.
BAIC said the go is part of the company’s plans to establish a global presence. As part of this extension, the company will also open a research and development gift in Europe at a later, undisclosed date.
New partnerships have also arisen under the go. BAIC said that the California gift will support collaborations with Beijing New Engineering Research Institute, Siemens AG, SK Assemble and Italian prototype draftsman CECOMP SpA. And one of the new relations is a local startup: Atieva, which develops technology for electric vehicles, is based out of Menlo Park.
“With the aid of its partners,” reported Automotive News, “BAIC plans to develop a family of three electric cars with a most range of 124 up to 248 miles. The company will showcase a new model at the 2016 Beijing auto show.”
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A staff of 20 is working out of BAIC’s new center, focusing on electric vehicles and batteries, among other projects.
In the next five years BAIC said it wants to boost production of electric vehicles from this year’s estimated 12,400 (all of which will be sold in China) to 200,000 vehicles. Of this number, BAIC plans to sell 60,000 outside of China.

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Class Actions Suit Names 10 Automakers Over ‘Deadly’ Keyless Ignitions

Class Actions Suit Names 10 Automakers Over ‘Deadly’ Keyless Ignitions Ten automakers in the U.S. are being sued for allegedly concealing the possible risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in some vehicles with keyless ignitions.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against some of the world’s leading automakers claiming that they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning in more than five-million vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions. According to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, some vehicle owners were under the mistaken belief that the engines will automatically shut off. As a result, some drivers left their vehicles in succession, resulting in toxic gas being emitted sometimes in garages emotionally involved to homes.
Automakers being named in the lawsuit include BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen. Brands owned by those automakers are also being named as defendants, including MINI, Acura, Kia, Infiniti, Lexus and Bentley.
Drivers are claiming that the automakers have known for years in this area the risks of keyless ignitions, yet continued to market their vehicles as safe.
The largest focus on the lawsuit is that plaintiffs say the automakers could have avoided 13 deaths by installing an low-priced feature that would automatically shut off unattended engines, noting that even American automakers GM and Ford patented a shut-off feature. In addition, 27 complaints have been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) since 2009 over keyless ignitions.
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