VW exec blames ‘a couple of’ rogue engineers for emissions scandal – LA Times

Volkswagen Wolfsburg industrial plant (Wolfsbu...

Volkswagen Wolfsburg industrial plant (Wolfsburg, Germany). Français : Usine du constructeur automobile Volkswagen AG dans la ville allemande de Wolfsbourg, siège social du groupe. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The LA Times reports that a top Volkswagen executive on Thursday blamed a handful of rogue software engineers for the company’s emissions-test cheating scandal and told outraged US lawmakers that it would take years to fix most of the nearly half million vehicles affected in the U.S.

Source: VW exec blames ‘a couple of’ rogue engineers for emissions scandal – LA Times

The article then cited the views of a number of leading experts who all felt that the responsibility rest must higher in the group.

For me, this early attempt at damage limitation by VW is a bad sign. Anybody with knowledge of the workings of any large corporation will doubt that this decision is limited to three engineers.

Yesterday we saw that analysts are estimating the cost of the scandal at USD38 Billion as Germany’s federal prosecutors raided VW’s corporate headquarters.  If VW is to survive, surely far more than three heads will need to roll?

Thoughts?

Did Merkel cover up Volkswagen scandal? As car maker’s boss quits, German leader accused of accepting trickery ‘with a wink’ | Daily Mail Online

Volkswagen Wolfsburg industrial plant (Wolfsbu...

Volkswagen Wolfsburg industrial plant (Wolfsburg, Germany). Français : Usine du constructeur automobile Volkswagen AG dans la ville allemande de Wolfsbourg, siège social du groupe. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In this hard-hitting article in the Daily Mail, Germany’s Greens claim Chancellor Mrs Merkel’s government admitted knowing about VW’s emissions test cheating software in an answer to a parliamentary question in July.

Source: Did Merkel cover up Volkswagen scandal? As car maker’s boss quits, German leader accused of accepting trickery ‘with a wink’ | Daily Mail Online

This story raises some deep rooted concerns about abuse of power and privilege. It’s quite amazing.

It raises a number of related issues. Firstly, it questions the integrity of Germany’s government. Secondly, it shows the power of the auto industry lobby. Thirdly, it shows the vulnerability of Germany’s export industry on the back of the VW scandal.

Thoughts?