Volkswagen Engineers Admit Installing Cheat Device In Cars

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Many Volkswagen engineers have admitted to installing cheat device in diesel engine cars to pass emission tests, as a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Bild am Sonntag, the Sunday paper from Bild newspaper reported that Volkswagen employees admitted during an internal investigation that they have been involved with installing the cheat software in diesel engine vehicles to pass emission tests.

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The newspaper did not reveal names or identities of the engineers who claimed that the EA 189 engine, that was initially developed by the German carmaker Volkswagen in 2005, would not have complied with pollution standards and cost targets without the software.

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The company came to light when US authorities detected this device and the carmaker admitted that 11 million vehicles made by them have been fitted with this software. The defeat device, detects when a car is undergoing emission tests and switches the engine to a low emission mode, and when on the road, the device switches itself off, causing more pollution than norms allow.

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Vehicles that are affected include Skoda, Audi and SEAT. The diesel emission scandal also led to the company's former CEO, Martin Winterkorn's resignation.

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Story first published: Monday, October 5, 2015, 10:35 [IST]
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