A few days after the outbreak of the Volkswagen case, the United States operate a sharp crackdown on the tests concerning the emissions of harmful gases by cars. According to an official of the Agency for Environmental Protection (EPA), interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the new controls will aim at identifying the type of software – nicknamed “defeat devices” – used by the German group to make its cars result according to law in the laboratories. Whereas on the roads, Volkswagen vehicles emitted polluting gases which were 30-40 times higher than the allowed limits. Also because of this, EPA has sent letters to the manufacturers in which it was said that they may carry out tests outside, so as to reflect real-world conditions.
In the meantime, the scandal shows no sign of waning, an embarrassing fact for the German government. The Minister of transportation, Alexander Dobrindt, said that that 2.8 million vehicles may be involved in the big scam. A frightening number, even for a multinational as the German one which in stock exchange continues to be under pressure (shares dropped 5.44% at 106.05 euro). “Based on what we currently know – added Dobrindt – also light trucks produced by Volkswagen, besides cars, are involved in the improper calculation of gas emissions from the engines.” As a remediation attempt, Berlin has conjectured compensations for the consumers duped by this manipulation, as explained a spokesman of the Ministry of Justice – those cars do not meet the conditions specified by the manufacturer.
To avoid disastrous economic consequences, the European Union decided to speed up on the examination of this problem. The possible implications of the case will therefore be discussed by the 28 EU ministers in the Competitiveness Council programmed for October 1. The confirmation has arrived with a tweet from Etienne Schneider, Luxemburg’s Minister of Economy who will chair the meeting. The debate, asked by the EU commissioner for the internal market, Elzbieta Bienkowska, should be held during a business lunch.
And while the automaker announced that soon will be appointed the new chief executive, after the resignation of Martin Winterkorn, inquiries are being open worldwide to determine whether there have been any violations of the protocols. In India, the authorities asked the association Automotive Research, the main body of the country appointed to car testing, to check Volkswagen vehicles. “We want to know whether what happened in the United States happened also to us” he declared, worried, to the Mint Mewspaper.