Breaking News! The German car maker has just issued a statement revealing how many of their Diesel Cars have cheating software installed. The number is staggering.
The Volkswagen scandal just got a lot bigger. In a just released statement the German car maker says that 11 million cars world-wide have the emission test cheat software installed.
Affected are all Volkswagen cars that are powered by the Type EA 189 Diesel engine. Volkswagen says that the company is working on a technical fix.
The statement says: "Discrepancies relate to vehicles with Type EA 189 engines, involving some eleven million vehicles worldwide. A noticeable deviation between bench test results and actual road use was established solely for this type of engine. Volkswagen is working intensely to eliminate these deviations through technical measures. The company is therefore in contact with the relevant authorities and the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA – Kraftfahrtbundesamt)."
The shares of Volkswagen dropped more than 20% today again. The world's current largest car company is now trading at the level of 2011.
Volkswagen is already putting money aside for the possible fees. The company has already taken out 6.5 billion Euros from the 3rd quarter profits to prepare to pay to resolve the matter.
The company also says in the statement that they do not tolerate any kind of violation of laws. It will be interesting to see who in the company is going to be made responsible for the mass emission test cheating.
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The Volkswagen scandal started over the weekend with an announcement of the EPA. Initially only 500,000 VW Diesel cars believed to be affected. Now there are 11 million.