Following Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal, it’s Chief Executive Officer Martin Winkertorn has issued a video statement to formally apologise to the public for breaking its trust.
“The irregularities in our diesel engines goes against everything Volkswagen stands for. At present, I also do not have the answers to all the questions, but we are working hard to find out exactly what happened,” said Winkertorn at the start of his video statement.
He goes on to say that Volkswagen will put everything on the table for transparency and work closely with relevant government bodies and authorities to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
“I am deeply sorry that we have broken this trust. I would like to make a formal apology to our customers, the authorities and the general public for this misconduct,” Winkertorn added.
The scandal started on Friday last week when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in America accuses Volkswagen for having a “defeat device” installed on its 2.0-litre TDI engines, which gives out inaccurately low emissions readings during official EPA tests.
Initial reports disclosed that the EPA can, under the current Federal Law, fine Volkswagen a maximum of USD37,000 per car for cheating, which amounts up to about USD18 billion as it involves about 482,000 units in the U.S.
Now, reports are saying 11 million cars worldwide are fitted with the engine in question – the 2.0-litre TDI Type EA 189. Volkswagen is also said to have allocated an initial 6.5 billion Euros to solve this issue.