News Those pesky Germans and their schemes--Volkswagon scamming the EPA

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  1. Mlaw

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    On Friday, the EPA handed down a damning citation to VW outlining a plot that,while highly nefarious, is pretty impressive in its scope: According to the EPA, the company outfitted half a million diesel-powered cars sold in the United States with software called a "defeat device" that could detect when the car was being officially tested for toxic emissions. During the test, the cars' computers would apply extra pollution controls; for the rest of the time, when the cars were being driven on the road, smog-forming emissions were up to 40 times higher than the legal limit.

    It's unclear how far up the chain of command the deception reached. On Sunday, VW CEO Martin Winterkorn said he was "deeply sorry" for breaking the public trust and ordered an internal investigation. That won't stop the ongoing US investigation, which could ultimately result in up to $18 billion in fines. Monday's stock plunge wiped out nearly that same amount.


    http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/09/volkswagen-share-price-EPA-apology
     
  2. MilkyDischarge

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    Stock dropped like 20% today.
    If true, it's a fm be as fuck idea. Their competition, mechanics, engineers- the cars are in people's hands to inspect. It's not like trying to pull off dodging taxes.
    I smell a class action lawsuit of owners upset because the emissions bothered their asthma or some other bullshit.
     
  3. Mlaw

    Mlaw Quite Contrarian VIP Gold

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    it's brilliant, and something tells me, the tip of the iceberg
     
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    Avery Well-Known Member Banned User

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    They should've murdered people like GM.

    Would have gotten off much cheaper. :jj:
     
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    Does this mean the Golf Wagon I've been looking at will be cheaper?
     
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    MyLazyHand Russia and France Know What to Do

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    IMO, this is one of the biggest scams in history. How many VW employees had to be in on this? Answer: A LOT OF THEM.

    And it's probably just the tip of the iceberg.

    I find the story incredible, and it's only because the CEO's contract expires in a couple of days that he's still working today.
     
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    Avery Well-Known Member Banned User

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    By the way...this is what a diesel city looks like.

    Congrats on saving the Earth, you just can't breathe the air...


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    Scamming consumers is a small price to pay to piss off smug environmentalists. Good for them.
     
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    Volkswagen does it.......... Again.
     
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    May have to raise prices to cover the fine bills....
     
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    imagine that: VW invented software that can detect when a tube is inserted in the tailpipe. now i want to know how the EPA figured this out since the guys running these tests make the TSA employees look like MENSA members.
     
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    This is pretty slimy. And it's going to be VERY expensive for VW
     
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    Well, at least the CEO isn't facing life in prison, like this guy was

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/ex-pean...s-in-prison-for-salmonella-coverup-1442873738


    A former Georgia peanut executive was sentenced to 28 years in prison on Monday for presiding over a cover-up that led to a deadly salmonella outbreak, marking what legal experts believe to be the most severe punishment yet in a U.S. food-safety case.

    A U.S. district judge in Albany, Ga., sentencedStewart Parnell, the 61-year-old former owner of Peanut Corp. of America, after a jury found him guilty last year on dozens of felony counts, including conspiracy to conceal that many of the company’s products were contaminated with salmonella. Between 2008 and 2009, nine people died and more than 700 others fell ill after eating peanut butter or other products made at the company’s plant in rural Georgia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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    Mlaw Quite Contrarian VIP Gold

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    greed really knows no bounds
     
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    Good thing I sold our TDI 3 weeks ago!
     
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    18 billion doesn't help,the ozone layer or smog issue
    This will just go to some unrelated public housing fund or toll booth road. Total beurocratic bullshit
     
  17. Mlaw

    Mlaw Quite Contrarian VIP Gold

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    11 million cars worldwide
     
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    my grandfather always said we should never trust the germans
    that sooner or later they'd act like germans

    always thought the old man was a little off his rocker
    but maybe he was onto something
     
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    I think this video is in order. This is the boardroom when the news broke:

     
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    MyLazyHand Russia and France Know What to Do

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    How was the CEO not fired as soon as this news came to light?