We’ve all read the headlines stating that Volkswagen was caught lying about emissions in late 2015. Specifically, their TDI engines were equipped with a cheating device that knew when to keep things clean, as in when being tested, and when not to, as in when the owner was doing his or her thing.
This planned mistake cost VW many billions of dollars and the scandal is coming to an end in North America. However, it would seem that the issue is heating up in Europe. While we on this side of the Pond got gift certificates, big cheques and more, the Europeans got bupkis.
The story principally hovered around the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine and although issues with the 3.0-litre V6 TDI had been spotted, very little was done, at least until now. An investigation has opened in Germany involving 2009-13 Audi A8 TDI and another one could begin shortly on the Porsche Cayenne diesel.
These investigations involve not only VW but Bosch, a huge parts and technology supplier, as they’ve been linked to the development of the cheat devices.
As these two probes evolve, the fact that one German TDI owner successfully sued VW and got them to buy back his car for the price paid when new could set a devastating precedent for the giant carmaker. As class-action lawsuits are a foreign concept for most Europeans, could it be that VW will be facing thousands upon thousands of individual suits? Or worse?
Although the dark cloud is lifting over the Americas, it’s not going away as VW had hoped. It’s just crossing over to the other side.