US demand to Volkswagen for case #Dieselgate

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on The 18th of September was black for Volkswagen, it was the beginning of the scandal of the #Dieselgate. The EPA announced that the engines 2.0 TDI Clean Diesel, in almost half a million units, violated the federal regulation of emissions. Then, on the 2nd of November, was caught up by the scandal to the 3.0 TDI Clean Diesel, almost 80,000 more cars.

Conclusion, all diesel sold since 2009 in that country violated the sections 204 and 205 of the Clean Air Act. Cars equipped with these engines had only the emissions of nitrogen oxides controlled in laboratory conditions, to detect the federal procedure of measurement of emissions. In real situations these cars contaminate up to 40 vecespor above what is allowed.

The Department of Justice (DoJ), on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced yesterday the opening of a civil lawsuit. The manufacturer may be ordered to pay up to 37.500 dollars of fine for car, that is to say, about 20,000 million dollars. If I am not mistaken, is the largest penalty that has been put to a company in that country.

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To make an idea of the brutality of the penalty, the manufacturer of airbags Takata was fined a record $ 200 million, that is to say, 100 times more mild. The demand has been opened in a court in Detroit (Michigan), but will be transferred to California, where it is already the legal machinery in motion.

Recall the affected models:

Models 2.0 TDI Clean Diesel Models 3.0 TDI Clean Diesel
VW Jetta (2009-2015)
VW Jetta Sportwagen (2009-2014)
VW Beetle (2013-2015)
VW Beetle Convertible (2013-2015)
Audi A3 (2010-2015)
VW Golf (2010-2015)
VW Golf Sportwagen (2015)
VW Passat (2012-2015)
VW Touareg (2009-2016)
Porsche Cayenne (2013-2016)
Audi A6 Quattro (2014-2016)
Audi A7 Quattro (2014-2016)
Audi A8 (2014-2016)
Audi A8L (2014-2016)
Audi Q5 (2014-2016)
Audi Q7 (2009-2015)

The manufacturer contained the consequences of the crisis by ordering a “sales stop” to its dealers, that is to say, that is not disposed of even a single diesel more. This order originated falls in the u.s. market in an amount very similar to the sales that were formerly the diesel models.

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right Now, Volkswagen is in negotiation with the EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). In this country have yet to be announced solutions to the problem, and calls for revision, which itself has happened in Europe. This year will be changed millions of cars with engines 1.2 TDI, 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI to conform to the european regulations.

As is public and notorious that Volkswagen deliberately misled the u.s. authorities, a number of engineers are involved. Of time have not shot the heads of their leaders, if we ignore the shocking resignation of Martin Winterkorn to the few days of the scandal broke.

The manufacturer expects a process tortuous with trials, the appearance in media with a negative impact to his image, and huge expenses. To their defense, they have a lawyer that was in charge of another mission titanic, solve the indemnities as a result of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.