By on October 1, 2015


A meeting of Volkswagen executives revealed Thursday that the internal investigation into how the company produced 11 million cars with illegal “defeat devices” to cheat emissions tests will take several months, Reuters (via Automotive News) reported.

The supervisory board said in light of the ongoing investigation, the automaker would push back its scheduled meeting in November, where it was expected to name Hans Dieter Pötsch as chairman.

“In view of the time available and the matters to be considered, it would not be realistic to provide well-founded answers which would fulfill the shareholder’s justified expectations,” it said according to Reuters, adding a court would appoint Poetsch to the board, after which he would be elected chairman.

The board said it would notify the public next week of any possible fixes engineers have developed for its cars. VW’s Czech Skoda Auto notified authorities there that a fix would take until the end of October for its 148,000 cars in that country.

German’s transportation authority gave Volkswagen until Oct. 7 to propose a solution for its cars or face a ban from German roads.

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26 Comments on “Report: Volkswagen Investigation May Take Months...”

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    The way I read the Yahoo article, Skoda said that it would take until the end of the month to figure out what the fix was even going to be, not to actually implement the fix.

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    To be honest, I was totally unaware that many of these countries held NoX level to the same high standards as the good ole USA. I think making cars shine during government testing is commonplace, just without the built in software as evidence of the cheating.

    I own an 05 MKIV with the pump duese 1.9. Overall has been terrific with the only unscheduled maintenance being some wheel bearings. Over 370,000 km on it and with the price of diesel the same or lower than regular unleaded here in Southern Ontario, I have saved about $2K a year in fuel on the low end. A few more years like that and the car just paid for itself.

    Sad to see VW getting dragged through the mud, I know I will have no trouble selling mine when and if I ever decide I don’t need the stupendous mileage anymore.

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    Besides the other automakers, the only winners will be Paraguay real estate agents. And the lawyers. Always the goddamn lawyers.

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      SCE to AUX

      The lawyers deserve what they earn from this. Consumers would get nothing from VW without their help.

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        Consumers might get next to nothing WITH their help. Wasn’t there a class action where lawyers split $30 million, and the customers who were over-charged got a coupon?

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          SCE to AUX

          There probably was a case like that.

          But this case will not end like that. This one has worldwide attention, and millions of angry consumers with expensive paperweights who want justice, and grouchy governing bodies and regulators.

          It won’t be a matter of two lawyers hammering out a backroom deal, then celebrating with drinks. It will go on for years. What will be tricky is if someone signs away their rights by joining the wrong class-action lawsuit, and settles for too little.

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    “Volkswagen Investigation May Take Months” – he said gleefully…

    Great, now we can look forward to months more of this drivel…

    • 0 avatar

      I agree, you’re getting tired about all these articles. But make no mistake: VW deserves fully what’s coming to them for deceiving everybody.
      Maybe they’ll learn something from all of this. One can only hope…

    • 0 avatar

      Would it still be drivel if it concerned GM, FCA or Ford? No way! Then it would just be good reporting, right?

      Loving all these VW fan boys complaining about all of the negative press VW is getting as a result of this major screw-up **of their own making**. But, let some unforseen defect arise with some other automaker’s decades old product (and God forbid its an American automaker), then suddenly article after article on the subject would be totally fair and justified.

      As much as I like Ford Motor Company, you wont find me in the comments of an article about a recall/screw-up of one of their cars complaining about the fact that the website is doing its job in reporting on it. I like Ford, but Im not dilusional about the issues they have had. Ill freely admit that several of their products are utter garbage (Windstar/Freestar, CVT-equipped Freestyle/Five Hundred, 3.8L and related engines just to name a few). There are things I believe shouldnt have happened, like dropping the Lincoln LS instead of building upon it, not giving Mercury the significantly different lineup it so badly needed, not offering a decent off-road ready SUV (although that will hopefully change soon), and more recently gaming the IIHS crash test of the F-150 by including the bar needed to obtain a high score only on the SuperCrew model they knew would be tested. The point is, they do screw up from time to time, as does everyone. Ignoring it doesnt make it not true.

      I dont know if its an attempt at deflection, an attempt at minimalizing VW’s f’up, or just blind (ignorant) faith that keeps them b¡Г©#¡ng and complaining about the coverage. It happened. Its a pretty damn big deal. They have no one to blame but themselves, it was a deliberate act designed to lie and cheat, and they got caught red-handed. If you dont like these facts, feel free to bury your warped head in the sand and pretend VW can do no wrong because VW, and in doing so, skip these articles (including the comments section).

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    Hmmmmm … Should take about 5 minutes to determine who checked the code into the source repository. Determining who ordered the cheat might take longer.

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    The biggest point here is that VWs would be banned from German roads on October 7 if they do not come up with a plan.
    The scene inside the walls at VAG must be pretty frantic right about now.

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    For what its worth, simply replacing the ‘D’ with an ‘S’ and telling people it has lifter noise could actually minimize one’s loss come trade-in time.

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    Now is the time to buy a VW TDI.

    • 0 avatar

      Yeah, and let’s celebrate afterwards with some New Coke!

      • 0 avatar

        No kidding, Mike. Buying a TDI now, then possibly being unable to register it due to not being able to pass emissions, and then eventually dealing with the significantly reduced power and MPG after its “fixed” makes as much sense as buying a Chevy Cobalt right now. The MPG advantage the TDI enjoys over a decent gasoline-powered economy car will likely dissapear or at the very least be reduced to a toss up after factoring in the cost of diesel vs. regular unleaded gasoline, not even considering the performance disadvantage they will suffer from compared to a gasoline engine. Que those who will claim that the TDIs can then be modified aftermarket to achieve the same or better MPG/power that they get/have now, while carefully avoiding the part about the car being required to pass emissions inspections in many parts of the country as a requirement for registration renewal after becoming notorious for this very issue, which takes that possibility off the table for a lot of people.

        If the entire US/Canadian diesel passenger car market crashes (and it probably will as a result of this), then maybe getting a Cruze diesel for next to nothing would be a smart move to take advantage of the VW fallout while avoiding the actual problem cars.

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          Emissions testing? What’s that? (Deliverance Music Playing)

          The first aftermarket tuner to offer a TDI “Rolling Coal” exhaust package and ECM tune might have my business. I went from hating those mouth-breathers to at least understanding why they do it.

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          The very few aftermarket tunes I’ve considered included a way to switch between original tune and aftermarket, either with a Durametric cable and PC or via a specific sequence of button pushing.

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    Why would a court appoint Poetsch to the board?

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    The EPA should have used a dynamometer where all wheels are rotating at the same time and this would never happen.Very easy to fool the testers.

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