Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Volkswagen emissions investigation expands to Audi, Porsche models.

News broke on Monday that US regulators have charged that a six-cylinder Volkswagen diesel used in a number of vehicles also contain an emissions cheating software. A major theme is the impact on the new Volkswagen CEO could find himself in trouble, as he comes from Porsche, whose vehicles are implicated on the new charges.
        In a video segment, Bloomberg News (11/2, 3.4M) reports that US regulators have expanded their probe of the Volkswagen emissions scandal to include more models from Audi along with diesels from Porsche. International Business Times (11/3, Berger, 624K) reports US regulators issued a Clean Air Act violation notice on Monday that “applies to roughly 10,000 diesel passenger cars sold in the U.S. since model year 2014, as well as an unknown number of 2016 models.” In a letter posted on its website, the EPA “said it has determined that certain Audi, Porsche and VW models with 3.0 liter engines were rigged to pass pollution tests.” Mashable (11/2, Jaynes, 1.8M) reports that the California Air Resources Board also served VW group with a violation notice for its 3.0-liter V6 TDI diesel engines. The engine is used in a number of VW, Porsche and Audi vehicles for model years 2014-16.
        CBS News (11/3, 4.1M) reports that the EPA said on Monday that the software on the engines “has a timer that turns on pollution controls when testing begins, including fuel injection timing, exhaust gas recirculation rate and fuel injection pressure.” The Wall Street Journal (11/3, Spector, Subscription Publication, 6.23M) reports that the EPA’s Cynthia Giles said in a conference call, “VW has once again failed its obligation to comply with the law that protects clean air for all Americans.”
        The Los Angeles Times (11/2, Masunaga, 3.6M) reports that Volkswagen “replaced Winterkorn with Matthias Mueller, 62, the top manager of its Porsche subsidiary, making the inclusion of the Porsche Cayenne among the list all the more notable.” Bloomberg News (11/3, Welch, 3.4M) reports that Mueller’s appointment in September “was meant to signal a clean break from the group that oversaw the engineers who cheated and to usher in greater accountability.” But that “may be short-lived” with the new charges.
        Bloomberg News (11/2, Plungis, 3.4M) reports that unlike the original charges, Volkswagen has denied the new claim. The company said in an email, “VW stresses that no software has been installed in the 3-liter V6 diesel engines to change emission results in an inadmissible way. Volkswagen will fully cooperate with the EPA to clarify the matter unreservedly.” The New York Times (11/3, Mouawad, Subscription Publication, 11.64M) reports that Volkswagen “pledged in a short statement that it would cooperate with the E.P.A. ‘to clarify the matter in its entirety.’”
        A number of other news outlets covered the news, including Road and Track (11/3, Sorokanich, 4.37M), Reuters (11/2), CNBC (11/3, 2.08M), USA Today (11/3, Bomey, Woodyard, 5.56M), ABC News (11/3, 3.35M) and the AP (11/2). 

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