Volkswagen Says A Small Group Was Responsible For Emissions Scandal

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Volkswagen says only a small group of employees were engaged in the cheating scandal that wiped out a massive part of the company’s market cap and destroyed a good chunk of its reputation.

Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch said investigations into the scandal were going well, but the scandal was the result of a “chain of errors” and it would still take months to say which individuals were to blame.

The automotive manufacturer says it has agreed to take steps that would improve oversight of engine software development to avoid any future emission scandals in the future.

VW says it is also hoping to reach an agreement with US environmental authorities in the new few days or weeks. An agreement will allow VW to start the recall process of about 800,000 diesel-based vehicles in the US.

The company admitted in September that the scandal affects nearly 11 million vehicles worldwide. Most of those vehicles involved software cheats which allowed automobiles to pass emissions tests, although some vehicles also used hardware to cheat emissions systems.

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Even as the diesel scandal continues to boil over, sales at VW are up 3.5% on the year.

Increasing sales is a good sign for the company, especially as it prepares to spend upwards of $35 billion in fines and lawsuit settlements.

Written by John Howard

John Howard

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