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Volkswagen Scandal Extends to France

Olivia Finger1 year ago

Police have begun investigations of two Volkswagen offices in France, just outside of Paris.

Overview of the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

According to Reuters, Volkswagen has been caught in a scandal involving emissions tests for diesel vehicles in the United States and recently European countries as well.

Earlier this month, similar investigations occurred in Germany. Searches aimed to procure documents leading to the employees responsible for cheating pollution tests.

Volkswagen has admitted that nearly 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide may have been programmed with software that allows the cars to produce tests that are cleaner that they do on the road.

French Police Raid Volkswagen Offices

In France, police confiscated computers and important documents. Volkswagen announced that they are cooperating to the best of their abilities. Models affected by the faulty tests include, VW, Audi, Porsche, Seat, and possibly other Volkswagen brands as far back as 2008.

The variety of vehicles affected could mean that numerous people were aware of the illegal software which broadens the investigation to all members of the manufacturing process.

After Volkswagen’s U.S CEO Michael Horn said that only three people were aware of the dishonest software. However, since this testimony before congress it was revealed that “at least 30” members were in the loop.

It is believed that 946,092 French vehicles are said to be programmed with the software, nearly twice the number of vehicles registered in America (482,000).

The investigation is only at its beginning and more evidence could surface putting Volkswagen in one of the largest criminal scandals the company has ever seen. 

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