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Old 09-18-2015, 12:11 PM   #1
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VW, which owns Audi, faces billions of dollars in fines... several models built in the last seven years include a device programmed to detect when they are undergoing official emissions testing... the cars only turn on full emissions control systems during that testing. The emission controls are turned off during normal driving situations.
EPA says VW intentionally violates clean air standards | Fox News
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Volkswagen shares plunge the most in six years on U.S. emission issue | Reuters
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My brother has a diesel Audi. He is always bragging on its power and mileage. I guess it's easy to boost both if you don't turn the emission system on all the time.

It's amazing that VW would think that it could get away with something like this.
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Lost 15.6 billion euros in value on Monday . . whatever other penalty is enforced will be peanuts
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I called the Audi dealer about wifeies Q5 . . all they are admitting to right now is on the diesel models . . ours is gas
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Ain't capitalism great...
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What do: pants, wine bottles, and months have in common? Things that seem to be the same but have gotten smaller over the years.
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This was just stupidity . . this is capitalism at work!

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Volkswagen will dismiss Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn, a German newspaper said on Tuesday, after the carmaker admitted to cheating U.S. vehicles emissions tests and said 11 million of its cars could be affected worldwide.
Volkswagen to dismiss CEO over emissions-cheating scandal: paper | Reuters
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What I don't understand is why this is just coming out now? Think about the process this had to go through. Imagine the engineers sitting around the conference room:

Lead Engineer: "OK, the boss wants us to design a system that shuts down the pollution control systems except when they're being tested. Can we do this?

Smart Engineer: "Sure. We just have to reprogram the main controller to..."

Young Idealistic Engineer: "Is that ethical?"

Lead Engineer: "Shut up and get to work"

YIE: "Hello, Wikileaks. You'll never guess what I've been directed to do."
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It is amazing how a corporate culture can be so easily corrupted by a strong willed leader . . I saw several instances of that during my corporate life. That is why, as a board member, I insist on strict ethics reviews and audits. At the same level of importance as safety compliance. ( and, it is amazing how often safety compromises go hand in hand with ethics compromises )
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Speaking of corporate ethics and consequences, the CEO who cut corners at that peanut butter processing plant, resulting in a salmonella outbreak, just got sentenced to 28 years in prison.

Peanut exec in salmonella case gets 28 years
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