Volkswagen, one of Europe’s car company with big sales, has been sued as there may be ‘inconsistencies’ with the manufacturing of diesel cars. The said cars were observed to be producing too many carbon emissions. With problems arising in America for Volkwagen owners, the company is going through strife with a law-suit sitting on their laps.
The company has been set back for manufacturing the turbo charged diesel engine (TDI) 2009-2015 models. This has been recalled completely from the range and the company is looking to make more power-generated cars.
Volkswagen have issued two statements, one from the U.S arm and the other from the German Headquarters.
“Volkswagen is committed to fixing this issue as soon as possible. We want to assure customers and owners of these models that their automobiles are safe to drive, and we are working to develop a remedy that meets emissions standards and satisfies our loyal and valued customers.” said the US arm of the company.
The company has been deeply affected by this incident as they have lost 20% of their share value in stocks and recalling these cars takes up more than 33% of their sales. Due to the $18 billion fine imposed on the company, they will probably be severely damaged economically as their global profit for 2014 was $4 billion dollars less than the fine.
This is not the first time that Volkswagen has to recall a whole line of car they manufactured. In 2013, a recall was made for over 2 million Tiguan SUV’s after a problem with the gearbox was discovered. Other cars in the 2008-11 included: Golf hatchback, Jetta sedan, Polo hatchback, Passat sedan and wagon and the caddy van.
In an interview with Bloomberg, John German and Peter Mock, who work for the International Council on Clean Transportation tested the 2009-2015 car model and were astounded by the results as they showed the Jetta exceeding the oxide emissions by 15-35 times and the Passat was 5-20 times over the standard.
Since Volkswagen has one of the top performing cars with high fuel-efficiency and speed, when the diesel engine is taken apart and fixed for their emission count, the speed and fuel-efficiency will definitely decrease. But the worst problem, however, is for owners of the TDI. Complications will come when and if they decide to sell their car after and have to register because it is deemed ‘illegal’.