Dieselgate: Volkswagen’s emissions-cheating software was supposedly developed in the late 90s by Audi

The ongoing investigation involving Volkswagen and their Dieselgate scandal continues to unfold some surprising information.

According to some documents discovered by German news outlet, Handelsblatt, Reuters says new allegations are being made against Audi, who supposedly developed the software as far back as 1999.

Despite the software’s existence, it wasn’t used until six years later however, by Volkswagen to reduce its nitrogen oxide emissions. This is apparently where the story began to surface as tightening emissions and fuel economy regulations have really been putting a squeeze on the automobile industry.

However, it’s also up to the automaker to be responsible and considerate for their decisions, and let’s not forget about the rather ridiculous sales wars that automakers are fighting for. It’s an old-age argument, but whatever happened to quality instead of quantity?

Who the hell cares if you make the most cars out of anyone, that really doesn’t say superiority as much when the quality of the product takes a hit. And Volkswagen hasn’t been light with the product offensive to become one of the largest automakers in the world by sales volume. But of course, it’s hard to argue in a society driven by numbers.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Reuters

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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