Volkswagen could face $18bn fine over secret device that ‘intentionally cut emissions’ – but only when cars were being tested

US regulators have charged Volkswagen with manufacturing vehicles designed to evade government pollution controls, and said the German auto giant should urgently fix nearly 500,000 cars.

Volkswagen could face an $18bn penalty over the software made to meet clean-air standards during official emissions testing but which would intentionally turn off during normal operations, US and California regulators said.

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  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    Corporations are the real evil of society , they control prices , break the law anytime , they contribute 5 cents to the politicians , damage the environment and at the end of their acts , the taxpayers pay for them .

    • BillyHW

      Without a big government to force us to support big corporations, we would have the freedom to choose not to support or patronize any big corporation that engaged in evil.

      • Shebel

        Big gov’t and big corporations spawn big Unions which appear to be free to Intimidate their members into voting for the ‘correct’ mantra.

        I wonder how much it would swing voters if Harper was to say that he favours ‘Right to work ‘ legislation ? Surely ,not all Union members agree with their Unions politics.
        Would it even make a difference?

    • ntt1

      Corporations are vital to support the society that attracts third worlders like you. Without corporations you would be living like a venezuelan but then maybe that is closer to your culture.

    • mauser 98

      Maxi…. Big Corporations mass produce goods , services that make your standard of living affordable..

      go back to the stone age or worse go attend a dual citizen Mulcair rally

      • Maurixio Garciasanchez

        And everything is made in China a decade and half ago those those same items were made here or the US were durable , now everything is made in Asia , few times I can use and it becomes garbage.

        • Minicapt

          … tool abuse, quite common in some cultures …

          Cheers

        • mauser 98

          ???

    • Alain

      Corporations per se are not the problem. Corporate socialism is the problem. Without it we would be free to choose what we purchase, what we eat and what we drink and smoke. Private establishments would also be free to offer smoking areas, bars or whatever, and the market would decide for them instead of state imposed results.

  • Maggat

    VW will be probed on the direct orders issued by the president and chairman of the board of Government Motors, Barack Obama

  • BillyHW

    Government auto regulations have become far too onerous, and this places huge costs on our domestic manufacturers as well. Then taxpayers are forced to bail them out.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Hey, give Volkswagen a break. If Ted Kennedy had driven one of them on that fateful night in Chappaquidick, he might have become president.

  • ntt1

    buddy in Vancouver passed air care fir a couple of go rounds by having an exhaust that was disconnected, the “technician”clips the testing probe at the tail pipe, if no emissions are coming out then it passes.

  • Alain

    If true then I say good for VW.

  • terrence

    I know a couple of people who HAD owned bolt wagens – they would never, NEVER own another one – always, randomly, in the shop. They would NEVER take them out of the city.

    • Alain

      That is unfortunate, because I owned a few different VW beetles which were some of the best made cars around. I drove VWs in Africa which were about the only reliable vehicles in the conditions we had there. The air cooled engines were terrific. I think the quality has gone down hill since then when it comes to VWs.

      • terrence

        None of these were beetles, they were Jettas and Passats – maybe I should have been more explicit. And within the last 10 or 12 years,

        • Alain

          That was what I figured and meant by quality having gone down hill. I also wonder to what extent non German (the real ones) workers have been responsible for the decline. Whatever the reason the quality left about the time VW stopped making their beetles it seems to me.

          • Minicapt

            There also VW plants in Mexico and the US.

            Cheers

          • terrence

            These places may be where the crappy ones were made. They were bought in the Lower Mainland of BC,

      • Clink9

        My 89 Jetta was great. Still made in Germany I think. A lady came at it from the other way and wrote it off with 325,000 KM.

  • Hard Little Machine

    the favorite car of rich hippies. Priceless.

    • Alain

      Perhaps but I never was a hippy nor met any at the time. I guess I just didn’t get out enough.