VW Withdrawing Diesels from U.S. Market for 2016

By Paul Riegler on 7 October 2015
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VW CEO Michael Horn issuing an apology at a media event in September

VW of America CEO Michael Horn issuing an apology at a media event in September

U.S. CEO Knew of Possible Issue in 2014

Volkswagen withdrew its request to have its 2016 model-year diesels certified for sale in the United States, as the aftereffects of the so-called Dieselgate emissions scandal. In September, the German automaker admitted that it had deceived government authorities and customers about the level of emissions from its diesel-powered automobiles in the United States and in other markets.

Volkswagen had installed software in hundreds of thousands of diesel-powered vehicles that contained a so-called defeat device that effectively lowered emissions when tests were being conducted.

The news came with the release of prepared testimony by the company’s CEO, Michael Horn, at a congressional hearing on Thursday. In his statement, Horn offered a “sincere apology” for the deception.

“These events are deeply troubling. I did not think that something like this was possible at the Volkswagen Group,” said Horn. “We have broken the trust of our customers, dealerships and employees, as well as the public and regulators.”

The prepared testimony also revealed that Horn was apprised of “a possible emissions noncompliance” and was told that the company’s engineers were working with the Environmental Protection Agency to resolve the issue.

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