Breaking News: German Minister just said that Volkswagen also cheated emissions tests in Europe.
The final nail in the end of small Diesel engine cars got just hammered in. German Minister Alexander Dobrindt just said in Berlin that Volkswagen cheated emissions tests also in Europe.
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Affected are VW cars with 1.6 and 2.0 Liter Diesel engines. These cars are like part of the 11 million cars Volkswagen said have the cheat software installed.
It is not known yet how many cars are affected in the European market. If Volkswagen cheated emissions tests in Europe and the United States, that likely means the company cheated all over the world.
In the end it could turn out that all 11 million cars with the Type EA 189 Diesel engine are affected.
Dobrindt said again that the German car makers will test also Diesel cars from other manufacturers. If other brands cheated as well, the whole car industry can kill off the segment of small Diesel cars.
Reuters reports that Volkswagen will start firing employees responsible for the emission manipulations on Friday. It is not clear yet, if the names will be revealed after the Volkswagen board is meeting on Friday. The board will also likely name the new Volkswagen CEO. Rumors say that Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller will take over the lead at Volkswagen.
The Diesel Technology Forum has issued a statement saying that nothing has changed the fact that Diesel engines are the most efficient.
"It is a proven technology and its unique combination of efficiency, power, reliability, performance, low-emissions and suitability for using renewable fuels ensures a place for diesel technology to help meet the demands of a global economy."
This is true for larger cars with Urea (AdBlue) technology. It remains to be seen if Volkswagen was the only car maker not being able to make a small Diesel engine that is compliant with current emission rules.
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