Posted By RichC on November 3, 2015
When there is blood in the water, it’s a feeding frenzy. Just as we Volkswagen diesel advocates were thinking “maybe” the company would come up with a fix … then the second shoe dropped. This news includes more diesel vehicles, this time the 6-cylinder TDIs adding Audi and Porsche diesel SUVs. According to earlier comments, “a Volkswagen spokesman said the auto maker doesn’t plan to halt sales of the affected models as it did with the 482,000 diesel-powered vehicles.” As Yogi Berra would say, “it ain’t over till it’s over.”
Volkswagen installed defeat devices aimed at manipulating U.S. emissions tests on thousands of additional diesel-powered vehicles, the EPA said, widening the scandal at the German auto maker.
The EPA said its recent tests found Volkswagen installed devices aimed at manipulating U.S. pollution tests in some Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel-powered vehicles. The regulator said the vehicles had increased nitrogen-oxide emissions up to nine times the allowable standard.
“VW has once again failed its obligation to comply with the law that protects clean air for all Americans,” said Cynthia Giles, the EPA’s associate administrator of enforcement and compliance assurance, in a conference call.
A Volkswagen spokesman disputed the EPA’s findings, saying the auto maker didn’t install emissions-test evading software on any of the newly identified vehicles. “It is a permissible software,” he said, adding: “What’s at issue here is clear: Does the U.S. want competition in the American market or not?”
More in the WSJ: EPA, Volkswagen Spar Over New Emissions Claims