VW and the EPA Emissions Investigation

The news broke on Friday September 18, 2015 that the EPA had accused Volkswagen of violating emission standards on TDI models from 2009-2015 because of software that was installed that manipulated emissions tests. At this time, Volkswagen is halting all sales of TDI models as an investigation takes place. There is no recall at the moment and all vehicles are safe to drive.

From Volkswagen Corporate:

VOLKSWAGEN STATEMENT REGARDING EPA INVESTIGATION

Sep 18, 2015

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Volkswagen AG and Audi AG received today notice from the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Justice and the California Air Resources Board of an investigation related to certain emissions compliance matters.   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 fixing this issue 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 meets emissions standards and satisfies our loyal and valued customers. Owners of these vehicles do not need to take any action at this time.

STATEMENT OF PROF. DR. MARTIN WINTERKORN, CEO OF VOLKSWAGEN AG

Sep 20, 2015

Wolfsburg, September 20, 2015 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board (EPA and CARB) revealed their findings that while testing diesel cars of the Volkswagen Group they have detected manipulations that 
violate American environmental standards.
The Board of Management at Volkswagen AG takes these findings very seriously. I personally am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public. We will cooperate fully with the responsible agencies, with transparency and urgency, to
clearly, openly, and completely establish all of the facts of this case. Volkswagen has ordered an external investigation of this matter.
We do not and will not tolerate violations of any kind of our internal rules or of the law.
The trust of our customers and the public is and continues to be our most important asset. We at Volkswagen will do everything that must be done in order to re-establish the trust that so many people have placed in us, and we will do everything necessary in order to reverse the damage this has caused. This matter has first priority for me, personally, and for our entire Board of Management.

This will NOT effect the operation of your VOLKSWAGEN vehicle and it is completely safe to continue driving while the investigation by the EPA continues. 

Stay tuned for more information.

To read more about the CEO apology and the investigation, click HERE

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