TTAC Sources: IAV Was Volkswagen's Co-Conspirator in Diesel Scandal

Ronnie Schreiber
by Ronnie Schreiber
ttac sources iav was volkswagen s co conspirator in diesel scandal

The U.S. federal indictment of Volkswagen engineer James Liang, stemming from the automaker’s effort to cheat on emissions testing of their supposedly “clean” diesel engines, mentions an as-yet unindicted co-conspirator, “Company A”.

That firm allegedly helped Liang and his team at VW develop the software routine that only activated emissions controls when vehicles were being emissions tested. Company A was identified in the indictment as a Berlin-based automotive engineering company that is 50 percent owned by the Volkswagen group, which is also Company A’s biggest customer.

Though there was some early speculation that Robert Bosch GmbH was involved in VW’s diesel scandal, Bosch is almost entirely owned by the charitable Robert Bosch Foundation, so it can’t be Company A.

Our initial research on Company A pointed to IAV, which does a variety of work for a range of automotive firms, including powertrain software development. IAV, headquartered in Berlin, is half owned by VW AG, their biggest customer. However, Volkswagen has ownership interests in a number of companies, so in our initial reporting on Liang’s guilty plea TTAC didn’t speculate on the true identity of Company A. Since that was published, though, TTAC has been contacted by a reliable industry source who tells us that IAV is indeed “Company A”.

IAV is an international company with about 600 million Euros of annual revenue. The criminal charges against Liang were filed in the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division, of U.S. District Court, whose jurisdiction includes two IAV facilities.

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  • Trucky McTruckface Trucky McTruckface on Sep 14, 2016

    Every time I see that picture of the Wolfsburg factory, I'm reminded of the cover of Pink Floyd's Animals. Just needs a pig balloon floating above it. Given VW's recent history, it seems rather fitting, too. They're nearly a laugh but really a cry.

  • JustInterested JustInterested on Sep 17, 2016

    Is there any proof for what is written here?

  • Tassos What was the last time we had any good news from Ford? (or GM for that matter?)The last one was probably when Alan Mulally was CEO. Were you even born back then?Fields was a total disaster, then they go hire this clown from Toyota's PR department, the current Ford CEO, Fart-ley or something.He claims to be an auto enthusiast too (unlike Mary Barra who is even worse, but of course always forgiven, as she is the proud owner of a set of female genitals.
  • Tassos I know some would want to own a collectible Mustang. (sure as hell not me. This crappy 'secretary's car' (that was exactly its intended buying demo) was as sophisticated (transl. : CRUDE) as the FLintstone's mobile. Solid Real Axle? Are you effing kidding me?There is a huge number of these around, so they are neither expensive nor valuable.WHen it came out, it was $2,000 or so new. A colleague bought a recent one with the stupid Ecoboost which also promised good fuel economy. He drives a hard bargain and spends time shopping and I remember he paid $37k ( the fool only bought domestic crap, but luckily he is good with his hands and can fix lots of stuff on them).He told me that the alleged fuel economy is obtained only if you drive it like a VERY old lady. WHich defeats the purpose, of course, you might as well buy a used Toyota Yaris (not even a Corolla).
  • MRF 95 T-Bird Back when the Corolla consisted of a wide range of body styles. This wagon, both four door and two door sedans, a shooting brake like three door hatch as well as a sports coupe hatchback. All of which were on the popular cars on the road where I resided.
  • Wjtinfwb Jeez... I've got 3 Ford's and have been a defender due to my overall good experiences but this is getting hard to defend. Thinking the product durability testing that used to take months to rack up 100k miles or more is being replaced with computer simulations that just aren't causing these real-world issues to pop up. More time at the proving ground please...
  • Wjtinfwb Looks like Mazda put more effort into sprucing up a moribund product than Chevy did with the soon to be euthanized '24 Camaro.