Report: VW Diesel Cheat Software May Go Back to 1999
Software Originally Developed by Audi, Used by VW
The more we learn about the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, the more interesting it gets. The cheat software was originally believed to have been created and utilized around 2005, when it appeared the company would have issues certifying its TDI “clean diesels” to meet U.S. standards. However, according to a Reuters report, the concept dates back as far as 1999, when VW Group division Audi first came up with it. German newspaper Handelsblatt originally reported the findings on Tuesday.
First believed to be limited to the 2.0L EA189 I-4 diesel, the scandal quickly spread to also involve the newer-generation EA288 four-cylinder diesel, as well as the 3.0L V-6 turbodiesel used extensively in the VW Touareg, multiple Audi products, and the Porsche Cayenne SUV. Volkswagen and Audi dealers in the U.S. are still prohibited from selling 2016 model diesel vehicles until an official fix has been approved by the EPA. The company has already missed its original March 24 deadline and now has until tomorrow, April 21, to come to an official settlement with the EPA.
Some expect the settlement will be an agreement to buy back as many as 500,000 vehicles from customers, which would be a worst-case scenario in the U.S. Another proposed settlement is a $5,000 cash settlement to each affected buyer, which would still total $2.5 billion in the U.S. market alone.