A record and letter accompany the home page, and other vital info is provided as it seeks to finally come clean, no pun intended.
In a list of “frequently questioned questions,” the automaker’s number-one inquiry and answer is an admission that it did install a defeat device in affected models.
Inquiry: “Are the news reports of this “defeat device” right?”
Answer: “Government regulations limit the use of engine software that reduces the effectiveness of a vehicle’s emissions control systems. Those are the “defeat
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Another inquiry questions whether the vehicles are safe to drive, and as has been repeated, Volkswagen assures patrons they are.
Unaddressed are more adventurous allegations being floated by at least a couple publications which have extrapolated a case well beyond what VW admits or the government says, by trying to place a body count on the cheating scandal.
Rough analyses accounting for 11 million vehicles worldwide emitting more NOx than tolerable have come up with estimates ranging from release digits, to a few hundred, to truly staggering
According to Mother Jones, its title says it all – “Volkswagen’s Emissions Conspiracy May Have Killed at Least 4,000 Public Worldwide.”
Again, the EPA has not accused Volkswagen of butchery anyone, and has instead told patrons to keep pouring the cars.
In its FAQs, Volkswagen also addresses potential snags such as states possibly refusing to pass affected cars in emissions testing. It also addresses public who wish to turn in their affected TDI.
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VW says it does not expect a problem, but a hotline number is provided should anyone run into issues with state emissions tests. And, an answer to those wanting to get a refund
“We are cooperating closely with the regulatory authorities to develop a remedy as quickly as possible,” says Volkswagen in response to the inquiry. “We question for your patience as we work to get this done aptly,” says the automaker.
Volkswagen has meanwhile gone into hurt control mode. Its CEO has quit, others are being terminated, and it is agreeing with accusations that it did the incorrect thing, while still affirming environmental sustainability is a corporate goal.
In other arena, the automaker is developing cars known to be environmentally forthcoming, and not known to have any emissions cheating device, and the problem to date is confined to
Following is the letter signed by Michael Horn, president and CEO, and posted to the new website. As one of the executives expected to be let go in the scandal, this letter and record may be one of his last major duties on the job.
On September 18, 2015, Volkswagen Assemble of America, Inc. and Volkswagen AG received notice from the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Justice and the California Air Resources Board informing VW that those agencies had determined that certain of our 2.0L 4-cylinder TDI vehicles do not comply with applicable emissions standards.
The vehicles included in the notifications include:
VW Jetta TDI (Model Years 2009 – 2015)
VW Golf TDI (Model Years 2010-2015)
VW Golf SportWagen TDI (Model Year 2015)
VW Insect TDI and VW Insect Convertible TDI (Model Years 2012-2015)
VW Passat TDI (Model Years 2012-2015)
As environmental protection and sustainability are among Volkswagen’s strategic corporate objectives, the Company takes this matter very seriously and is cooperating with the investigation.
Volkswagen is committed to finding a remedy as soon as possible. We want to assure customers and owners of these models that their automobiles are safe to drive, and we are working to develop a remedy that will meet the expectations of the government agencies.
Owners of these vehicles do not need to take any action at this time. Once we
We know that owners of the cars affected by the emissions compliance issues are upset. We question our valued customers for their patience as we address this issue as quickly as we can.
You may have noticed that we have stopped advertising our newest TDI models. We did this as an interim step while we seek the government approvals that will allow us to offer our 2.0L 4-cylinder TDI models for sale.
We are committed to making this aptly and preventing it from ever experience again. We will bring these TDI vehicles into compliance with the federal and state emissions regulations.
Along with our parent company, Volkswagen AG, we are
We will share more information with you as it becomes available.
Thank you for your understanding.
President and CEO
Volkswagen Assemble of America
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