VW’s Michael Horn told the US Congress that the decision to install the emission cheating software was all the work of a couple of software engineers.
Apparently the board was not aware that the testing cheating software which allowed it to cheat emissions were installed. The software engineers snuck into the production chain and convinced everyone one to install it using their impressive mind control techniques.
Normally you would not expect a company executive to pull off a stunt like this, but apparently someone pointed out that most US politicians don’t believe in climate change or evolution so they are probably stupid enough to believe in anything.
That did not really work last time. The issue of defeat devices at VW has been a historic problem.
In 1974, VW had a run-in with US authorities regarding the use of defeat devices in 1974, and in December 2014 it recalled cars to address nox emissions.”
More than 530,000 cars in the US will need to be recalled for significant engine modifications, not a software fix. Only 80,000 Passats are eligible for the software fix.
There is no word on the effects these modifications will have on the cars’ performance, fuel consumption, etc.