Cars to be fixed by end of 2016 according to VW. Start in January. Company stopping all unnecessary investments. I suppose we'll hear details today.
Back in 2011, VW wanted special credits for their secret polluters. Credits even hybrids were no longer getting from the Epa.
Volkswagen Sought a Green Seal for Its Diesel Cars
By AARON M. KESSLER, NY Times OCTOBER 6, 2015
“They wanted a special deal for diesel cars that we now know weren’t even meeting the standard,” said Margo Oge, a former director of the E.P.A. Office of Transportation and Air Quality, who helped lead negotiations with the automakers, including Volkswagen, at the time.
Volkswagen did not just consider its clean diesels comparable to hybrids or plug-in electrics; it believed they were superior, Ms. Oge said.
“These people had religion,” she said. “And that religion was diesel. They simply did not believe in electric powertrains and thought they were a waste of time.”
One of the most devout followers was a top Volkswagen executive from Germany who has been suspended in the wake of the emissions scandal. The executive, Wolfgang Hatz, most recently led Porsche’s research and development efforts, but had been in charge of Volkswagen’s powertrain division.
“He said the company simply did not believe in electric powertrains or hybrids,” Ms. Oge said. “The Volkswagen management was extraordinarily arrogant. They thought they were the kings of diesel.”
It was mainly Volkswagen representatives from Germany, as opposed to American-based executives, who dominated the discussions and tended to dismiss the regulators’ concerns and questions, Ms. Oge said.
“I never had a problem dealing with the Americans. The U.S. Volkswagen people would always come and apologize to us after meeting with the Germans,” she said. “My sense was that things were being dictated by Germany.”
In unrelated issues, check out this car chairlift at the VW plant in Bratislava, Slovakia.: