23 September 2015
With Volkswagen controversy, “Made in Germany” Brand took a heavy hit. Volkswagen had been adding questionable software to thousands of its clean diesel vehicles sold in the United States from 2009. These software’s were used to fraudulently pass U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions tests. Potentially billions in fines, criminal prosecutions, Volkswagen’s reputation, and maybe even the future of diesel cars in the U.S.
No cars have been officially recalled yet, but with 482,000 TDI (Turbocharged Direct Injection) cars affected, that seems all but certain at some point .VW Delears were told not sold any more TDI cars from the remaining lot. As of now, both the government and VW are investigating how to fix the problem.
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn publicly acknowledged saying that he was "deeply sorry" to have broken public trust and promised VW would fully cooperate with regulators.