Just another EPA tax grab. VW knows it's cheaper to admit wrong-doing than to drag it through the courts for years. EPA needs to be abolished.
Cool. German economy may get a boost when it fines and taxes the p out of VW. Germany has things like water purity laws and stuff like that. I would imagine it has similar laws for air.
Actually it IS the German Water Purity Law, but it's nicknames are the "German Beer Purity Law" and "The Bavarian Beer Purity Law". Most Germans call it "Reinheitsgebot".
I know. Just funnin'.
Lived in West Berlin for four years. Visit Deutschland at least once a year. Nice place. Good people.
The real problem is the way EPA tests are administered. Obviously the vehicle that gets the most MPG is the greenest. But that is not how they chose to measure emmissions.
I view this as VW knowingly falsified these tests and got caught. They now deserve everything that is coming to them. Likely VW is done when all said and done.
So, Mr. Volkwagon, suck it up and spend the money to fix the stuff. You'd still make a profit, yes?
It's hard to believe that Skoda is still around. Geeez. I just took a look and what they make that isn't just plain ugly, still looks like any other oversized electric razor on the road. Well, at least a handful of companies make vehicles that are distinguishable from others (without looking at the emblems).
New diesel cars from Renault , Nissan, Hyundai, Citroen, Fiat, Volvo and other manufacturers have been found to emit substantially higher levels of pollution when tested in more realistic driving conditions.
Research compiled by Adac , Europe’s largest motoring organisation, shows that some of the diesel cars it examined released over 10 times more NOx than revealed by existing EU tests, using an alternative standard due to be introduced later this decade.
Adac put the diesel cars through the EU’s existing lab-based regulatory test ( NEDC ) and then compared the results with a second, UN-developed test ( WLTC ) which, while still lab-based, is longer and is believed to better represent real driving conditions. The WLTC is currently due to be introduced by the EU in 2017.
The biggest polluters according to Adac’s own data are:
Wide range of cars emit more pollution in realistic driving tests, data shows | Environment | The Guardian
I suppose I should ask why you mean by that........
Despite the cloud cast by the Volkswagen scandal, automakers are proposing that they be allowed a 70 percent increase in the nitrogen oxides their cars emit as part of new European pollution tests.