Uncle Sam's Going after VW of America

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Uncle Sam's Going after VW of America


What the United States government is doing against Volkswagen of America is no laughing matter. The giant German automaker is being sued by the Federal government for at least $20 billion, for environmental violation! We, in Third World countries, may think that, that is the end of the road for the Beetle and its brother models zipping around in Uncle Sam's roads and highways. The Manila Bulletin, business section, came up with a wire story published in five-column prominence entitled "US gov't sues VW for at least $20B" in its January 6, 2016 issue. It was written by John Biers of AFP. WHAT IS THE SIN OF THE GIANT GERMAN CARMAKER? The US Justice Department says VW of America "intentionally subverted clean air-regulations, resulting in excess harmful emissions." Almost 600,000 of the company's diesel-powered cars are involved. However, the news report did not say how many of those number of vehicles were actually sold in the United States. HOW DID VW DO IT? The government charges said the German automaker "intentionally installed electronic defeat devices on VWs, Audis, and Porches." It appears that the devices lessen the harmful emissions when tested. If I recall right, it was an American university that discovered the alleged "deceit." Further, the charges said that those devices, as explained, "cancelled the levels of poisonous pollutants" when those car models mentioned were driven on the road. …

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