Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn blames some of the engineers for generating the dieselgate.
In a rather shocking statement, the top brass at VoA said the so-called defeat device installed on the problematic EA189 diesel engines was not the result of a corporate decision as the ones to blame are actually a “couple of software engineers” who did this by themselves, without consent from VAG’s executives. It’s honestly hard to believe this is true since in such automotive conglomerates all important decisions have to be approved by the executive board.
In addition, Michael Horn says all these cars powered by the EA189 1.2 TDI, 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI turbodiesel engines will suffer a “slight impact in performance” once the necessary fix will be applied. He went on to specify the vehicles will then be able to return the mileage mentioned in the official documents, but “one or two miles per hour might be missing”, thus effectively announcing the cars will be slower.
Volkswagen of America is currently looking for ways to compensate the customers affected by the dieselgate. It is believed the 2.0 TDI engine will only need a software update whereas the 1.6 TDI will also suffer some hardware changes, with the recall procedure starting early next year for a total of around 11 million cars from all over the world.