Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .




CAR TECH
VW admits 11 mn cars have pollution cheating device
By Simon MORGAN
Frankfurt (AFP) Sept 22, 2015


VW CEO offers 'deepest apologies' for cheating scandal
Frankfurt (AFP) Sept 22, 2015 - Volkswagen chief Martin Winterkorn on Tuesday offered his "deepest apologies" for the pollution-cheating scandal engulfing the auto giant and threatening to tarnish Germany's industrial reputation.

"I am infinitely sorry that we have disappointed people's trust. I offer my deepest apologies to our customers, the authorities and to the public at large for our misconduct," the 68-year-old executive said in a video statement after VW admitted that 11 million of its diesel cars worldwide had been fitted with devices that could skew emissions data.

The "irregularities... contradict everything that our company stands for," Winterkorn said.

The carmaker would be "ruthless" in its investigation of the matter and would act "quickly, thoroughly and transparently," he promised.

"(Our) top priority is a rapid and comprehensive investigation. We owe that to our customers, our employees and the general public."

Winterkorn insisted that "manipulation must never again occur at Volkswagen. Millions of people all over the world trust our brands, our cars and our technologies."

VW, previously seen as paragon of German engineering, has become engulfed in one of the biggest scandals seen in the automobile sector in decades.

The company, one of the heavyweights of the German blue-chip DAX index, has seen its market capitalisation slashed by nearly a third in two days and said the costs of the scandal will cause it to miss its profit targets for this year.

UN calls VW cheating scandal 'extremely troubling'
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 22, 2015 - The United Nations on Tuesday described as "extremely troubling" Volkswagen's admission that it had equipped 11 million of its cars with devices to cheat emission tests and urged the auto giant to correct the situation.

"The auto industry has to be a partner in all efforts in the private sector in terms of combating climate change," said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

"I hope the company, Volkswagen, cooperates fully and rectifies the issue," he said.

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn apologized for the scandal that has triggered investigations in the United States, France and South Korea, among other countries, sending company shares into a tailspin.

US authorities announced Friday that special software on VW diesel vehicles drastically reduced output of pollutants when they were undergoing emissions test.

The cheating device affected nearly half a million vehicles sold in the United States.

VW faces US criminal probe on cheating scandal: source
Washington (AFP) Sept 22, 2015 - The United States has opened a criminal investigation into Volkswagen, which has admitted almost 500,000 of its cars in the US have a clean-air cheating device, a source close to the probe told AFP Tuesday.

The investigation is being led by the US Justice Department's environment and natural resources division, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity and confirming media reports.

The German automaker is already under investigation by the US Environmental Protection Agency, and could face up to $18 billion in fines related to that inquiry.

The California Air Resources Board is also investigating Volkswagen's violations of emissions standards.

Volkswagen, the world's largest automaker by sales in the first half of this year, has said it is cooperating with the various US investigations.

On Tuesday, Volkswagen admitted that 11 million of its diesel cars worldwide are equipped with devices that can cheat pollution tests.

A hearing over the emissions scandal will be held soon in Congress, two Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives announced Monday.

Volkswagen's pollution cheating scandal escalated dramatically Tuesday when the automaker revealed 11 million of its cars worldwide could be affected, wiping a third off the company's market value and threatening to topple its chief executive.

As the United States opened a criminal investigation into Volkswagen, chief executive Martin Winterkorn offered his "deepest apologies" for the scandal which threatens to tarnish Germany's pristine industrial reputation.

"I am infinitely sorry that we have disappointed people's trust. I offer my deepest apologies to our customers, the authorities and to the public at large for our misconduct," the 68-year-old executive said in a video statement and promised to be "ruthless" in getting to the bottom of the scandal.

The "irregularities... contradict everything that our company stands for," Winterkorn said. "Manipulation must never again occur at Volkswagen."

The German firm has halted all diesel vehicles sales in the United States during the US probe, which could lead to fines amounting to a maximum of more than $18 billion.

Authorities from France to South Korea also said they would investigate the affair, prompting Volkswagen to announce that it was setting aside 6.5 billion euros ($7.3 billion) in provisions for the third quarter to cover the potential costs of the scandal.

- Profit warning -

VW shares, which dived 17 percent on Monday, closed down a further 19.8 percent on Tuesday at 106.00 euros, as the automaker's new revelations, including a warning that it will have to lower its profit outlook, sent investors fleeing.

When US authorities announced Friday that special software on VW diesel vehicles drastically reduced output of pollutants when they were undergoing emissions tests they said it concerned nearly half a million vehicles sold in the United States.

"Further internal investigations have shown that the software concerned is also installed in other diesel vehicles," VW said in a statement.

"Anomalies have shown up in around 11 million cars worldwide that are equipped with a specific engine type," added the car manufacturer, the world's biggest by sales in the first half of this year.

"In order to cover the necessary service and other measures to win back customer confidence, VW plans to set aside 6.5 billion euros in provisions in the third quarter. The group's earnings targets for 2015 will be adjusted accordingly."

The impact on the reputation of Volkswagen, whose parent company also owns brands including Audi, Skoda and Lamborghini, is hard to measure.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on the company to show "full transparency" to clear up the matter.

- 'No others involved' -

While the scandal has been restricted to Volkswagen so far, environment protection groups, particularly in Germany, suspect other carmakers may be using similar technology.

The US Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that it will screen for defeat devices in other manufacturers' diesel vehicles now on the road, although it declined to identify the automakers whose vehicles will be tested.

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said however there was no indication so far that others apart from Volkswagen were involved.

Dobrindt said a commission of inquiry -- made up of transport ministry staff, employees of the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) and scientists -- would travel this week to VW Group headquarters in the northern city of Wolfsburg.

Their mission would be to interview VW experts and examine company documents to verify "whether the vehicles in question were built and tested in full compliance with German and European rules".

Industry experts believe Winterkorn's job is on the line.

Senior members of VW's supervisory board met late Tuesday, the German news agency DPA said.

It said no information has emerged about any decisions taken at the talks, which are to continue on Wednesday.

The regional Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung earlier said that "Winterkorn has lost the confidence of the major shareholders".

- Market capitalisation

The shockwave of the scandal has slashed VW's market capitalisation by about 25 billion euros to 51 billion euros in just two days.

"Our company was dishonest, with the EPA and the California Air Resources board, and with all of you and -- in my German words -- we have totally screwed up," the chief executive of Volkswagen America, Michael Horn, said at an event in New York late Monday, according to video posted by CNBC.

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin requested a Europe-wide probe, and Environment Minister Segolene Royal said she was launching an "in-depth" probe.

South Korean officials summoned VW representatives for explanations on Tuesday, saying tests would be started by "no later than next month."

Britain called on the European Commission to urgently investigate vehicle emissions tests, and the United Nations described Volkswagen's admission as "extremely troubling".

In addition to the environmental probe already under way, the US Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation, a source told AFP.

The investigation is being led by the US Justice Department's environment and natural resources division, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity and confirming media reports.

According to the US authorities, VW has admitted that it had equipped about 482,000 cars in the United States with sophisticated software that covertly turns off pollution controls when the car is being driven and turns them on only when it detects that the vehicle is undergoing an emissions test.

With the so-called "defeat device" deactivated, the car can spew pollutant gases into the air, including nitrogen oxide in amounts as much as 40 times higher than emissions standards, said the US Environmental Protection Agency, which announced the allegations Friday along with California authorities.

spm/hmn/rl/wdb

Volkswagen

KBA

.


Related Links
Car Technology at SpaceMart.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





CAR TECH
Deakin has global designs on cars of future through partnership with GM
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Sep 17, 2015
Australian researchers at Deakin University will be at the forefront of the international car industry's future design and innovation, thanks to a new partnership with global car maker General Motors. The International Centre for Innovative Manufacturing (ICIM), launched in Geelong, will be led by Deakin University and General Motors Global Research, focused on developing world-leading inn ... read more


CAR TECH
NASA's LRO discovers Earth's pull is 'massaging' our moon

Moon's crust as fractured as can be

China aims to land Chang'e-4 probe on far side of moon

China Plans Lunar Rover For Far Side of Moon

CAR TECH
Supervising two rovers from space

Team Continues to Operate Rover in RAM Mode

Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' takes off in Toronto

Mars Panorama from Curiosity Shows Petrified Sand Dunes

CAR TECH
Making a difference with open source science equipment

NASA, Harmonic Launch First Non-Commercial UHD Channel in NAmerica

Russian cosmonaut back after record 879 days in space

New Life for Old Buddy: Russia Tests Renewed Soyuz-MS Spacecraft

CAR TECH
Long March-2D carrier rocket blasts off in NW China

Progress for Tiangong 2

China rocket parts hit villager's home: police, media

China's "sky eyes" help protect world heritage Angkor Wat

CAR TECH
US astronaut misses fresh air halfway through year-long mission

Andreas Mogensen lands after a busy mission on Space Station

ISS Crew Enjoy Kharcho Soup, Mare's Milk in Orbit

Slam dunk for Andreas in space controlling rover on ground

CAR TECH
Russia successfully launches satellite with Proton rocket

SpaceX Signs New Commercial Launch Contracts

ILS announces one ILS Proton launch for HISPASAT in 2017

First Ever Launch Vehicle to Be Sent to Russia's New Spaceport in Siberia

CAR TECH
Watching an exoplanet in motion around a distant star

Europlanet 2020 launches new era of planetary collaboration in Europe

Nearby Red Dwarfs Could Reveal Planet Secrets

Astronomers peer into the 'amniotic sac' of a planet-hosting star

CAR TECH
Physicists defy conventional wisdom to identify ferroelectric material

Engineers unlock remarkable 3-D vision from ordinary digital camera technology

Making 3-D objects disappear

De Beers says 'challenging' time for diamonds




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.