Things are not boding well for Volkswagen Group’s former CEO, Martin Winterkorn, despite officially announcing denial of involvement with not being aware of Volkswagen’s major “Dieselgate” situation and resigning.
However, despite his statement, this hasn’t stopped German officials from opening a criminal investigation into Winterkorn’s involvement into the matter, leading to the tainting of 11 million diesel passenger cars throughout Volkswagen’s vast portfolios, all around the world.
As a refresher, Volkswagen Group was found to have used a special software plug that allowed certain TDI models to “cheat” on their emissions tests in Europe, North America, and the rest of the world where emissions are heavily regulated, especially for dirty diesels.
So far, of those 11 million diesel cars, five million are Volkswagens, 2.1 million are Audis, and 1.2 million are Skodas. The remaining number comes down to 700,000 SEATs affected in Europe as well.
Additionally, the largest parts supplier and engineering firm in the world, Bosch, was found to have made the special software for the diesels, but was described to be for testing purposes only. Volkswagen apparently decided to use the software, despite repeated warnings from Bosch from 2007. A Volkswagen engineer “whistleblower” even came forward in 2011.
– By: Chris Chin