The emissions test scandal surrounding Volkswagen keeps getting bigger. Tuesday, the automaker announced that about 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide have rigged software that helps them perform better during emissions testing than they do in the real world. The scandal first broke last Friday when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency went public with the news.
At first, the revelation only impacted 500,000 diesel vehicles. However, in a new statement Tuesday, Volkswagen said it’s established that the relevant engine management software is also installed in other Volkswagen Group vehicles with diesel engines. Specifically, we’re talking about diesels with so-called Type EA 189 engines. Volkswagen says they’ve shown a “noticeable deviation” in emission levels between testing and road use.
Volkswagen plans to set aside $7.3 billion in the third quarter to cover the costs of addressing the issue. Meanwhile, VW CEO Martin Winterkorn apologized again Tuesday for Volkswagen’s action and pledged to cooperate with the investigation. His apology came via a video on VW’s website.
“I am endlessly sorry that we betrayed the trust” of millions of people,” Winterkorn said in the video statement. “To make it very clear: manipulation at VW must never happen again.”
There is speculation that the scandal may force Winterkorn to resign and perhaps be replaced by Matthias Mueller, the head of the automaker’s Porsche sports car business. According to Automotive News, VW Group’s supervisory board is due to meet on Wednesday to discuss the crisis and the group will look to Winterkorn for a “comprehensive and fast” explanation of what happened. However, the board is unlikely to get one. In his video statement, Winterkorn also said at present he also doesn’t have all the answers to all the questions, but that Volkswagen is trying to get to the bottom of things quickly.
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