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VW's compliance transformation

Bill Coffin | January 8, 2018

In 2014, the International Council on Clean Transportation, curious as to why Volkswagen’s diesel cars so consistently beat U.S. diesel emissions standards, ran its own tests on various diesel models. The ICCT learned that while VW die- sel cars were passing U.S. environmental standards for diesel emissions, the cars the group tested itself would have failed such tests by a wide margin.

Thus began what has become known as “Dieselgate,” a massive corporate scandal in which Volkswagen would eventually admit to installing custom-built software in its diesel engines to falsify emissions data when tested. It was a systemic campaign to violate the law that left the automotive world stunned.

Volkswagen is a beloved brand, known across the world for its friendly image and tight engineering and, here it was, a flagrant breaker of the law. What happened?

Scandals in the automotive world are nothing new. The Chevrolet Corvair was dubbed “unsafe at any speed.” The Ford... To get the full story, subscribe now.