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The Volkswagen crisis: everything you need to know about “Dieselgate”

Car-addicts.com gives you a summary of all the vital information of the unfolding of the Volkswagen situation – aka Dieselgate, the German car manufacturer has manipulated its diesel engine emissions on the official consumer tests.

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September 18

KEY MOMENT: VW Group is charged with evidence by the US Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) that has manipulated consumption and emissions tests for diesel models.

September 21

VW Group shares drop 20%, the largest fall in a single day in its history. VW Group CEO respond to allegations and apologizes, saying it will cooperate with US authorities.

September 22:

Volkswagen case receives the name Dieselgate and rattles high level. The White House and the German Government examines all models sold by VW.
How was discovered that Volkswagen fraud emission testing. What solutions exist to repair the problem.
Alfa Romeo officials accusing since 2010 the emission figures offered for some models by the VW Group: It is miraculous, magical and extraterrestrial.”
Michael Horn, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, openly acknowledges US EPA findings: We have totally screwed up“.

• KEY MOMENT: Volkswagen Group officially announces that the cheating” software affects the emissions of 11 million cars worldwide.
• First information appear about the possible dismissal of the Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn. The rumors are denied by a spokesman.
• Martin Winterkorn returns with a video message in which he apologizes and asks for confidence: “We will solve all the problems.”

September 23

Porsche delimit itself by the Volkswagen scandal.
Volkswagen is accused of receiving subsidies of 51 million USD for the “cheating” engine .
Carlos Ghosn, president of Renault-Nissan Alliance, talks about the Volkswagen scandal.
Statistics of the Volkswagen lying: the 11 million rigged diesel cars pollute as much as UK in a year.
KEY MOMENT: Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen Group, officially announced his resignation from the management.

September 24

The hypocrisy behind the Volkswagen scandal. Three major European countries have urged easing the emissions standards: Germany, France and UK.
The Volkswagen Board appreciates Winterkorn‘s resignation and claims that he did not know about the handling tests.
German Minister of Transportation announced that problems with the Volkswagen engine also exist in Europe. Also on the blacklist is the 1.6 TDI.
AutoBild Deutschland accuses BMW and VW that uses the same methods. BMW denies, AutoBild withdraw their statements. BMW shares down by 10%. Opinion: When journalists’ lie costs 6 billion EUR.

September 25

Elon Musk accuses Germany that relies heavily on diesel and petrol. Rupert Stadler, Audi CEO: Auto industry needs diesel.
German Minister of Transportation, Alexander Dobrindt: 2.8 million cars affected were sold in Germany.” The list contains 1.6 TDI, 2.0 TDI and possibly 1.2 TDI.
Accused in turn, Mercedes officials deny the use of any system for handling the emissions test.
KEY MOMENT: VW Group has a new CEO – Matthias Muller, from Porsche.
VW Group reorganizes.

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