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Volkswagen Emission Enquiry Zeroes In on Two Engineers

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Published on : Oct 05, 2015

According to people familiar with investigation of the Volkswagen emission scandal, two senior engineers are the center of a company probe. This is because the two engineers were unable to deliver clean diesel engine for the U.S. market as promised, hence got into the idea of installing engine software that was designed to fool regulators.

Ulrich Hackenberg, who is a chief engineer at Audi, and Wolfgang Hatz, who is a developer at the Le Mans racing engines at Porsche, are among the engineers suspended on account of the enquiry. As a repercussion to the investigation of the emission scandal, the company’s market value has dropped by 43% since September 18, and has also triggered a worldwide recall that requires refitting engines that meet clean air-standards.

Messrs. Hatz and Hackenberg, did not want to comment to requests are regarded as the two of the best and brightest engineers that the Germany industry has. The two engineers were given charge of research and development at Volkswagen group, as a consequence of Martin Winterkorn taking charge as the chief executive in January 2007.  

Following the emission scandal, Mr. Winterkorn has resigned and couldn’t be reached for comment. Volkswagen has acknowledged masking of emission was designed in order to meet sales targets. In the U.S., managers were struggling to meet sales targets, for which new-car engines were masked for emissions. This was anticipated to work as clean diesel technology, for skeptical American consumers.

Volkswagen also acknowledged that as much as 11 million vehicles were equipped with ‘defeat device’, software capable of reducing tailpipe emissions only at the time of testing, and not when on the roads.

Because of the emission scandal uproar, several countries have blocked sales of a few VW vehicles, as well as regulators are formulating steps for tightening emission standards to be in place for diesel engines

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