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VW admits fixing affected diesel cars will lower performance

Snapshot: Michael Horn says the illegal move was not a corporate decision.

Michael Horn is the man in charge of Volkswagen of America and he was recently in front of the Congress during the “Volkswagen's Emissions Cheating Allegations: Initial Questions” hearing where he had to do a lot of explanation concerning the ongoing dieselgate. Perhaps his most controversial statement was about the decision to install the so-called defeat device on almost 11 million cars. He said this move was definetly “not a corporate decision” as the top brass at VW was not aware what was going on with those EA189 turbodiesel engines.

In addition, Michael Horn said a “couple of software engineers” are responsible for the illegal software found on the 1.2 TDI, 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI engines. All of the cars sold worldwide with these engines from the EA189 type will be the subject of a recall starting next year and according to preliminary data, the 2.0 TDI will only need a software revision while the smaller 1.6 TDI will also go through some hardware changes.

Volkswagen of America’s CEO went on to specify the company is currently looking for ways to compensate all of the affected owners. Chances are VW’s European division and the others are also looking for similar methods to fix this major betrayal issue as they sold cars to customers with fake specifications since the vehicles have 10 to 40 times higher emissions in real life compared to the rigged test results.

The Volkswagen Group is facing some really difficult times ahead since it will cost them a lot of money to fix all the cars, pay the fines and also settle the numerous lawsuits which will surely come in the near future. According to an estimation made by Credit Suisse, a best case scenario would be a €23 billion final bill for VW while a worst case scenario indicates VW could end up paying as much as €78 billion.

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