Volkswagen Emission Scandal: German Automaker Could Topple Toyota Despite Controversy

Volkswagen Emission Scandal: German Automaker Could Topple Toyota Despite Controversy Volkswagen from Spanish Coches / Flickr with CC BY 2.0

The Volkswagen emission scandal has generated more headlines. Businesses rely on consumers and money. There are many companies around the world blinded by potential sales. There are some willing to do anything. In many cases, businesses are willing to compromise their products to make cash.

This is not the most ethical way of doing things. However, it is something that has been around for years. Businesses that never get caught do “well” in business. On the other hand, those that do get caught go to prison.

Cheating The System

What is creating a buzz nowadays is the Volkswagen emission scandal, in which the company reportedly rigged cars to pass emission tests. According to NY Times, there is a software that senses when the car is being tested. It then activates the equipment that reduces emissions.

When the car is used for regular driving, the software turns off. This is when the real emissions occur. Such is far above the legal limits.

The decision to deceive the Environmental Protection Agency came from the fact that the engines could not meet emission standards in 2017. Thus, the “defeat device,” or the software, was created to reduce emissions.

Global Sales

The Volkswagen emission scandal is the biggest automobile controversy to date. Especially when the company was second in the world for car sales. It was just about to surpass Toyota with its 10.31 million sales last year. These sales were from all brands that include Porsche, Audi and Skoda.

In fact, Volkswagon was up for 3.8 percent in 2015. It managed to finish the year with an 11.8 percent increase in global sales. Surprisingly, its rise to the top spot remains, despite the legal issues within the company.

Caught And Guilty

The Germany-based company agreed to pay for damages. There is a $15 billion settlement for claims from U.S. environmental authorities and 500,000 car owners. Apart from this, Volkswagen’s former head of U.S. environmental compliance, Oliver Schmidt, was arrested in Florida this week.

The revelation was possible after engineer James Liang pleaded guilty last year. He then offered to assist in investigations, as noted by LA Times. There were also six Volkswagen supervisors indicted, then held liable for lying to environmental regulators and for destroying evidence.

For example, a development supervisor would ask his assistant to search another supervisor’s office for a hard drive. Once the hard drive was found, another assistant was asked to destroy the evidence. This hard drive contained emails exchanges between supervisors.


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