Volkswagen Warned About Cheating As Early As 2007

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
volkswagen warned about cheating as early as 2007

While the EPA recently revealed Volkswagen’s diesels were cheating emissions tests, two newspapers learned VW was warned about cheating as early as 2007.

The German newspapers Bild am Sonntag and Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagzeitung reported the warning in their respective publications, Chicago Tribune says. The former, though VW’s internal investigation, found the automaker was told by supplier Bosch in 2007 its emissions software should only be used for company testing, and not to enter the real world. The latter, also citing the investigation, adds a VW engineer addressed the misuse of said software in 2011.

Representative Andreas Lampersbach declined to comment on the findings, declaring them “rumors and speculation.” Lampersbach added his company “is working with all its strength to conduct a thorough and merciless investigation of this matter,” and would hold those responsible for the scandal accountable for their actions against the automaker and their customers.

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  • John Williams John Williams on Sep 27, 2015

    So, is bigtruckseriesreview a parody or what? This sort of thing is a bit too unbelievable to be true.

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    • WheelMcCoy WheelMcCoy on Sep 27, 2015

      @Luke42 "I’m sure this sort of spouting off drives traffic to his YouTube channel." I think you're right! When something doesn't seem to add up, the adage "follow the money" makes sense of things.

  • John Franklin Mason John Franklin Mason on Sep 27, 2015

    Johan de Nysschen was a member of the Executive Board of Volkswagen of America, Inc. in 2007 when Volkswagen was warned about cheating.

  • JPWhite JPWhite on Sep 27, 2015

    We all now know VW cheated. They've admitted as much. But am I the only one to see no evidence of cheating in the statement "the automaker was told by supplier Bosch in 2007 its emissions software should only be used for company testing, and not to enter the real world." This could mean the supplier (Bosch) put conditions around the use of their software when VW was supplied with the software. It doesn't say the statement was issued in response to evidence of misuse. 2011 is the earliest date that misuse of the software is indicated through a VW engineer. SO no I don't agree with the headline that they were "warned' about cheating. Simply VW was supplied with a product that came with limitations on use.

  • on Sep 27, 2015

    "Hi. I'm from Bosch and I'm here with the new firmware for your new TDIs. I was told to warn you not to use this in production cars. It's just for testing." *wink* *wink* "Oh, BTW. Do you happen to have the check ready? I'll be happy to take that back to the home office for you."

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    • WheelMcCoy WheelMcCoy on Sep 27, 2015

      @Jeff Waingrow "But the thing I wonder about is why the facts didn’t leak out over such an extended period." I'm guessing no one was out to "get" VW. The study that exposed VW initially set out to prove how clean the US model VWs were, and was meant to shame Europe in tightening their emissions standards. Anyone who mentioned to VW "Hey, something is out of whack with your emissions" was probably answered with "Oh? We'll look into it", with no real follow-up.