Taking apart Volkswagen’s ‘defeat device’

How the motoring giant's 'defeat device' became an international scandal

27th September, 2015
Volkswagens reputation has been dealt a massive blow by the revelations about cheating in emissions tests

The revelation that ended Martin Winterkorn’s career at Volkswagen AG came on September 3 in a meeting at an office park east of Los Angeles.

After months of obfuscation, company engineers finally divulged a secret to engineers at the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board: Volkswagen had installed a “defeat device” to cheat on vehicle emissions tests – and then lied about it to the board and the US Environmental Protection Agency for...

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