VW Was On Top, Successful, Battling For World Number One And Then Came Dieselgate...

Cash Isn’t The Only Way That Volkswagen Has Paid For Dieselgate

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Looking at the ever-rising costs of Dieselgate, you have to wonder, why Volkswagen did it to itself? It was at the top of its game, battling tooth-and-nail with Toyota for World Number One and suddenly the wheels came off when the world found out, VW was a cheat.

When you stop to think about it, Dieselgate has been an expensive proposition to Volkswagen. It seems to be an expense that, in hindsight, the automaker never should have had to pay. However, the hubris of a few mid-level engineers and later senior managers meant that from the start in 2006, it would end up the way it has.

If the automaker had had the foresight to admit that an engine it was developing in 2006 could not meet the emissions goals for 2008, when it was rolled out, it would have saved billions.

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Here’s a list of the costs that, to date, Dieselgate has cost VW:


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VW/Audi/Porsche were comfortable cheating instead of properly solving engineering problems in the design of a modern car. New cheats are still being uncovered. Now that owner compensation has mostly been negotiated, at least in North America, it is time for criminal charges against VW Group executives. Fines are not sufficient deterrent.
•"Still up in the area are fines and penalties.......". In the_air_. ".... as it watches successful racing teams shuddered to save money....". Shuddered? Does this guy ever proofread what he's written?
Guess you didn't like my pun, really??? -- all fixed.
I have to agree that there is criminal responsibility and it is time for someone to pay the piper. Since this has been known by various mid- and upper-level managers and engineers as well as executives, I think that due diligence has to be observed, as well as due process, and things should move ahead. The Justice Department still has an ongoing criminal investigation that I believe VW would like wrapped up as quickly as possible so there will likely be an attempt at settlement there. That said, there still should be actions taken above and beyond fines, so I do agree with you here. There are also ongoing criminal investigations in Germany, Italy and I believe France that have yet to yield any results and there has been at least one conviction in South Korea. One of the more egregious points was VW's attempt at silencing a whistleblower last year, though some may not think it important or germane. He was the only IT person I know of who called out VW for improper deletions.