Explosive new details about VW’s cheating scandal
A new book about the VW scandal has blown the lid off the biggest corporate scandal in history. The author, Jack Ewing, a European correspondent for The New York Times, is based in Frankfurt. His book, “Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal,” exposes all the German auto company’s sordid moves to cover up its cheater diesel engines.
“They did everything wrong you possibly could,” Ewing told The Atlantic, in an in-depth interview about the fraud on May 23, 2017. “Not only did they cheat, but then they went out and crowed about how clean they were. That turned what was already a pretty serious regulatory violation into a consumer fraud.”
It made patsies out of an estimated 500,000 American VW owners, who thought they were helping the environment by buying VW’s so-called “clean diesel” cars. Once the fraud was revealed, the cars became illegal in California and their resale value plummeted. VW would eventually settle with owners of its diesel engine cars by offering a buyout. Those who took it were faced with delays, complicated paperwork, shifting deadlines and requirements.
How the auto company was finally caught
In early 2014, graduate students who were puzzled by the fact that VW cars emitted so much pollution compared to official EPA findings, tested the cars themselves and set off a chain of events that ultimately exposed VW’s fraud. On the 18th of August, 2015, a whistle blower, in defiance of corporate orders from VW, admitted the truth to California regulators.
VW’s elaborate attempts to hid the truth
Once the students’ report generated questions, VW began a yearlong series of feints and dodges designed to fool engineers at the California Air Resources Board (CARB). It falsified technical documents and rigged new emissions tests, claiming CARB’s tests of its cars had flaws. In October, 2014, it recalled some cars to “update” their engines. They spewed out excess nitrogen oxide after 23 minutes of driving – one minute after the end of standard test cycles. Meanwhile, the German auto company was still selling 2015 cars outfitted with the cheater software.
On September 18, 2015, VW publicly admitted its fraud. At the end of August, in a final act of deceit, VW employees destroyed “thousands of documents” related to the emissions issue in the United States. By May 2017, its fraud had cost VW “about $25 billion.” The cost could grow.
Through it all, Wayne Wright stepped up to the plate
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