US regulators confirmed Volkswagen had used specialised software to adjust its fume emission rates during rigid environment examinations. South Korea, Italy, South Africa and India had all begun investigations to confirm the US emissions-rigging scandal with car models procured from the country.
According to the German automaker, about 11 million vehicles using its two-litre engine passed strict examinations using the software designed by senior managers from Porsche, Audi and Volkswagen, now dismissed in the wake of the scandal. The Automotive Research Association of India will check if Volkswagen vehicles in India were rigged in the same manner.
The US Special Environmental Protection Agency raised allegations that Volkswagen could possibly have used a special mechanism to hide its emissions.
Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkom, who resigned two days ago, said the company did use a special software that hid their manufactured vehicles’ real emissions. The cars would detect the examinations and lower their pollution levels automatically.
Millions of drivers worldwide may have to return their vehicles to Volkswagen or have it fitted with a new engine or lower its emission rates, which would impinge on the vehicle’s original performance.
Volkswagen’s stock in India had fallen. Worldwide, the carmaker had lost 40 percent of its original value.