Volkswagen was caught in a web of lies when it was discovered that several of its car models were using “defeat device” software to fool the EPA and pass emissions tests. The company admitted to the deception and has been working to repair its reputation ever since. However, the deception may not be over because the EPA has announced that Porsche and Audi SUVs have defeat devices, too.
Which Vehicles Have “Defeat Device” Software?
The Environmental Protection Agency announced on November 2nd that it has discovered defeat device software in Audi and Porsche SUVs featuring VW 3-liter diesel engines. The vehicles in question emitted nitrogen-oxide levels nine times higher than the EPA allowed limit. This discovery was further supported by research from the California Air Resources Board and Environment Canada.
How Are Authorities Responding To The Discovery?
Congress was furious upon learning the revelation. Sen. Amy Klobuchar released a statement that said: “Today’s revelation that Volkswagen’s intentional deception of consumers is even more widespread than initially thought is deeply troubling and only further erodes American’s faith in a company that many had trusted for decades.”
What Is Volkswagen’s Response?
Volkswagen quickly admitted to their wrongdoing when news first broke about their emissions test cheating cars, but this latest announcement has caught the company off guard. VW claims that SUVs under their Audi and Porsche marks do not contain defeat device software, despite claims to the contrary from the EPA.
For now the VW scandal continues to grow as more victims join the class action lawsuits being filed all over the country. Will Porsche and Audi owners become a part of these lawsuits too? Tell us what you think on Facebook and Twitter.