"The state Air Resources Board became suspicious after hearing about emissions problems from automotive pollution analysts in Europe, Corey said. Additionally, researchers at West Virginia University, working with the International Council on Clean Transportation, a nongovernmental organization, raised questions about emissions levels."
Something tells me that European countries are doing their own VW diesel testing looking for the same software 'cheat' used in the US.
"VW programmed the engines to detect certification tests over many years and through three generations of engines, said Dave Sullivan, manager of product analysis at consulting firm AutoPacific Inc."
"In addition to fines, VW will likely face consumer lawsuits on two fronts, said Steve Berman, a class action attorney in Seattle who has successfully brought such cases against Toyota, Hyundai among others.
Berman said he is already preparing a lawsuit on behalf of a Marin County, Calif. owner who bought a VW because it was marketed as a clean car and “now they find out it was polluting the environment at 40 times standards.”
VW also will face what is known as a “diminished value” lawsuit because the vehicles are likely to lose a portion of their resale value because of the problem, he said."
And this is not just a simple software fix for VW/Audi.....
“They will have to retool the emissions system, and that will hurt the performance of the car,” Berman said."
"But the automaker and regulators may have trouble getting consumers to bring their cars into get fixed — especially if the fix decreases performance or fuel economy, the main selling points for the cars."
Owners should have X number of days to have the emissions fixed or their tag is revoked, since the vehicle never passed the emissions testing in the first place. Then again, when they consumer brings in the vehicle for it's next emissions test, it will fail without being fixed by VW. I am sure CA is looking into how to make this happen.
40 times the emissions legal limit is no joke. Especially in CA that is the Hybrid and EV capital of the US.
VW/Audi just lost the CA market. Going forward from yesterday, driving a VW or Audi diesel, no matter what diesel engine, especially in CA, will be frowned upon, whether it never needed to be fixed, or if it's 'fixed' or not.
The public won't know which VW or Audi diesel models have the 1.8L or 2.0 or any other diesel engine....
VW/Audi Diesel = Dirty Diesel 40 times the legal limit.