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VW Emissions Scandal: 10 Senior Executives Suspended as Another Engine Type is Investigated for Cheat Device

By National Practice Group Leader, Group Litigation

Following revelations that 11 million vehicles world-wide have been fitted with a defeat device to cheat diesel emissions tests, Volkswagen began investigating whether its other engine types were also affected.

VW Engine

It has now released information that the Euro 5 and Euro 6 versions of the type EA288 engine were not affected.

However it did not say this in relation to the older Euro 4 type EA288 engines. Speculation is rife that this older engine does contain the same - or similar - defeat device designed to cheat emissions testing.

Although the Euro 4 EA288 engines were not sold into the EU, this nevertheless indicates that the emissions test cheating might have been taking place for longer than Volkswagen had previously admitted.

News has also emerged that VW Chief Executive Michael Horn knew about the defeat device issue over a year ago, calling into question the possibility of a cover-up at the company.

If it turns out that VW have been cheating on more engine types then it will impact even more of their customers. Global financial services company Credit Suisse has estimated that the VW emissions scandal could cost the car manufacturer €78bn (£56bn), but they have only set aside €6.5bn (£4.7bn) so far to pay for the cost of fixing the affected cars and for various fines the company is facing.

We already know that Volkswagen created more than one defeat device in order to be able to cheat emissions tests on different engine types over a seven-year period.

10 Senior Executives Suspended

Following an internal investigation, Volkswagen has suspended 10 of their Senior Executives including:

  • Falko Rudolph – Ex Head of Development of diesel engines
  • Richard Dorenkamp – Ex Head of Technical Development for VW’s ‘lowest emission’ engines
  • Frank Tuch – Head of Quality Control
  • Ulrich Hackenberg – Audi management board member
  • Wolfgang Hatz – Porsche management board member
  • Heinz-Jakob Neusser – VW engine development management board member

It is thought that all of those suspended are associated with the development of the EA189 engine that was fitted with a cheat device.

If you have been affected by the VW emissions scandal, either as a vehicle owner, business or shareholder, please register your details with us on our VW Emissions Scandal Investigation page.

Jacqueline Young is Head of Group Litigation at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.

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