The Volkswagen emission scandal

In 2014, a test conducted by a team of scientists from West Virginia University under a grant provided by the ICCT (Innovation Clean Coal Technology) that was conducted on three diesel cars showed that both the cars manufactured by the German manufacturer Volkswagen had emissions exceeding to the standards set by the US government.

Volkswagen group admitted cheating emissions tests in the US. It admitted that its 2016 diesel line-up contains an 'auxiliary emissions control device' that may help cars produce lower emissions during an official test.

The engines emitted nitrogen oxide pollutants up to 40 times above what is allowed in the US. These statistics validate the steps taken by the US government: Volkswagen faces civil penalties of $37,500 for each vehicle not in compliance with federal clean air rules. The penalty could total up to $18 billion given that all the 482,000 four-cylinder VW and Audi diesel cars sold since 2008 are not in compliance with federal clean air rules.

The incident has led to a massive fall in the share price of Volkswagen and also caused deterioration in the image of German automobile industry. Globally, the dieselgate (that's how it is often referred to) has caused a surge in stricter parameters for enforcing regualations on the automobile industry.

This incident elucidates the importance of optimizing testing methods in the corporate world. Businesses often venture towards maximizing profis without giving consideration to the effects faced by the consumers. Therefore, example would also help consumers understand that it is crucial that greater awareness is brought into practice.

Heer Shah, Grade 11- IB
Navrachana International School Management Club


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