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The Volkswagen Scandal

Germany automotive manufacture, a group of Volkswagen Automotive admits to install a software algorithm to detect when the vehicle experience official compliance testing as well as introducing certain devices to control pollution to regulate tailpipe emission. However, turning off the control device during normal driving, result to higher nitrogen oxide emission plus other air pollutants contrary to what the company had said concerning the device. Later the United State Environmental Protection Agency, gave a notice of violation to Volkswagen, contending that Audi and Volkswagen vehicles containing two liters of diesel engines have software to circumvent the Environmental Protection Agency emission principles for nitrogen oxide emission (Hotten, 2015).

The Environmental Protection Agency accused the Volkswagen of modifying soft ware with three liter diesel engine that is fitted on some Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles. Volkswagen denied the claim that affected many vehicles (Atiyen, 2016). Later in the year, it found irregularities in test for measuring the emission levels of carbon dioxide that could affect many Europe cars including petrol vehicles. After following the investigation, Volkswagen now admits that the issue affects only a certain number of the cars they produce yearly but not all.

Another accusation according to Hotten (2015) was for selling cars with a defeat device in diesel engine to detect testing moments hence changing its performance in order to improve the results. The Volkswagen pushed the selling of the diesel car in United State that was backed by huge marketing movement trumpeting the cars’ low emission. In the findings, Environmental Protection Agency cover four hundred and eighty two thousand cars in the United State only including the Volkswagen manufactured Audi A3 and the Volkswagen models like beetle, passat, jetta and golf. But Volkswagen admitted that eleven million cars globally including 8 million in Europe only are fitted with “defeat device”.

According to Priebe (2015) these scandals led to increased political and public scrutiny of the whole automotive industry. The relationship exists between policy makers, automotive industry and public authorities changed hence affecting the image of Volkswagen. The Volkswagen’s short term policy became limited due to the past automotive industry strategy way of flaming the policy.

In conclusion, the idea the Volkswagen had was not liked by many due to its side effects. This resulted to negative physical effects on their reputation and it decreased their value. The nitrogen oxide emitted after turning off the devise polluted the air and this may cause deaths and many other side effects to people around.


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. Retrieved May 14, 2016, from You Need to Know About the VW Diesel Emissions Scandal – News – Car and Driver | Car and Driver BlogAtiyen, C. (2016, March 11).

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