Volkswagen has been a name in the automotive world that is respected for using Diesel engines in many of its vehicles it creates. They claim that Diesel is better and gets better mileage. Well, now they are under fire from the U.S. Environmental Agency and with California officials because they are claiming that 482,000 VW diesel cars and Audi diesel vehicles were engineered to falsify their emissions for Federal testing. If this is true the Volkswagen lawsuit fine can go as high as $18 Billion dollars.
Car Shipping Carriers has been a fan of Volkswagen vehicles because of their attention to making the world a “greener” place by using diesel engines in their vehicles. Diesel engines usually last longer, they can be cleaner than a gasoline car and they have pretty decent styling with their cars. They are certainly not “cheap” by any means, but they are not usually an expensive vehicle. When we do get these types of vehicles for transporting to another state we usually use auto haulers that are open.
Back to the story. What is being claimed is that the Volkswagen models had a software in the computers that could control and sense when a vehicle is being tested for emissions quality. When it was tested in would run in a different mode (dyno calibration) to preserve diesel and help emissions. When the vehicle was not being tested it would run in another mode (road calibration) and the pollution levels would in reaching illegal levels. The claim is stating that VW vehicles could release up to 40 times more nitrogen oxide allowed by a vehicle.
While this is a HUGE issue, this isn’t the first time an auto maker has tried to get away with violating the Clean Air Act. However, this is the first time a company went out of its way to create a software to be deceitful and change the way emissions are released. What is being affected are the Jetta, Beetle, Golf, and the Audi A3 vehicles that have a diesel engine and were created between 2009 and 2015. Along with that group is also the Passat that was created between 2014 and 2015. All of these vehicles will most likely have to be recalled. Basically any of those models listed above and during those time frames that carry a 2 liter turbodiesel engine will end up being recalled and VW will have to fix the issue. The vehicles are still “safe” to drive, but just know that these cars are throwing out smog like it is its job.
So, many of you might be wondering how this came about. The EOA and CARB have been doing an investigation because of a West Virginia University lab tested the 2013 Passat and 2014 Jetta and found higher than allowable levels of emissions coming from the vehicles. They let the agencies know of this and now follow up tests occurred. What made Volkswagen finally admit to the software was that EOA and CARB were not going to allow the sale of any 2016 models because it wasn’t going to give the certification for the vehicles. That would be a big blow to the company so it finally admitted to the software switch.