Fraudstorytelling | Weekly filmtips | April 22, 2022
The EA 189 was designed to meet stricter pollution standards in the United States while remaining reasonably priced.
A few years ago, in 2005, VW executives wanted to expand in the US and devised a plan. They called this plan “US 07 Clean Diesel”. With the goal of becoming the world’s leading automaker, they began developing a clean and economical diesel engine to attract new drivers in the United States. They called it the EA 189. Engineers were skeptical that this engine could meet US 07 standards. This made one of the engineers come up with an idea and tell his team about an interesting software that could detect when the cars were undergoing emissions tests. The software could detect this and then reduce the nitrogen oxide, allowing the cars to meet US emissions standards. Volkswagen installed this emissions software on more than 500,000 diesel cars in the United States and roughly 10.5 million more globally, including the Netherlands, where a ruling in favor of VW buyers in the Dutch class action was issued in July 2021. A buyer can expect the vehicle to be in compliance with the regulations. If it does not, the judge reasoned, the car is worth less than the purchase price. Volkswagen has filed an appeal against the decision. In this documentary, DW will interview various people involved, and you will get to see the whole story.
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