VW’s Diesel Fiasco Update: Message from VW, Recall Plan by O Oct 1, 2015 9:40:40 GMT -6
Post by VWCA_Adman on Oct 1, 2015 9:40:40 GMT -6
VW CEO Matthias Mueller told a meeting of managers that VW will recall certain TDI-powered vehicles in a few days . German authorities gave VW an Oct. 7th deadline for such a move. Meanwhile VW of America's CEO Michael Horn presented a message to VW owners at www.vwdieselinfo.com. Vehicles with the firm's EA189 diesel engine (2.0-liter TDI sold in the U.S. between 2008 and 2014) have emission-cheating software. Expect a multi-nation recall. VW says its newer EA288 engine (2.0-liter TDI, U.S. 2015/16 model years), which has a more advance emission system, meets the latest European air-quality rules. VW hasn't said whether the EA288 is U.S. compliant. The West Virginia University study that revealed VW's problematic pollution problem evaluated the EA189 mill with (Passat) and without (Jetta) urea injection.
Friday (Sept. 18): EPA letter reveals that VW’s 2.0-liter turbo diesels skirted American pollution rules.
Saturday: VW issues a stop sale on its 2015 and 2016 diesel cars.
Sunday: Dr. Winterkorn apologized for VW’s deception.
Monday: VW’s American CEO Michael Horn said, “our company was dishonest with the EPA.” VW will fix cars and reform itself.
Tuesday: VW admitted that the software algorithm that fooled emission testing permitting more nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution than acceptable was on 11 million vehicles sold worldwide.
Wednesday: Dr. Martin Winterkorn resigned. He claims he didn’t know about VW’s “manipulation of emission values.” VWAG’s steering committee believes Winterkorn is truthful. Nonetheless, Winterkorn’s centralized management style likely hampered internal communication leading to a debacle that has harmed shareholder investment, disappointed its dealers, hurt company morale and ultimately troubled those who bought VW’s clean-diesel cars.
Friday (Sept. 27): VW confirms the appointment of Matthias Mueller as its chief executive one week after the diesel-dinging emissions scandal erupted. The new CEO vows to quickly get to the bottom of the problem that threatens trust in the carmaker. VW also announced plans to restructure management of its 12 brands under four product groups. Winfried Vahland will run VW's North American business; current VWoA CEO Michael Horn reports to him.
Uncertainty over who within VW is responsible for skirting U.S. emissions rules has led to the suspension of VW senior engineers: Ulrich Hackenberg, Wolfgang Hatz and Heinz-Jakob Neusser. Some VW board members wanted VW's top engineers to resign, but after further discussion the board decided to suspend these engineers until they learned more about their role in the emissions scam.
Stay tuned for further developments. VW’s scandal shows a pattern of deliberate manipulation. It involves a firm that many believed played fairly employing the power of German engineering.