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Editor’s Note: Over the weekend, news broke regarding findings from the EPA and CARB over the 2.0 TDI found in the Audi A3. As of this morning, Volkswagen Group Chairman Dr. Martin Winterkorn issued this statement.
We’re working to provide more on the story even while we try to sift through Frankfurt IAA coverage, impressions of the new B9 A4 and coverage from the 6 Hours of COTA we were attending when the story broke. For now, we’re going to publish statements from Volkswagen or Audi until we have a moment to post our own insight.
[Begin Volkswagen Statement]
Wolfsburg, Germany – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board (EPA and CARB) revealed their findings that while testing diesel cars of the Volkswagen Group they have detected manipulations that violate American environmental standards.
The Board of Management at Volkswagen AG takes these findings very seriously. I personally am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public. We will cooperate fully with the responsible agencies, with transparency and urgency, to clearly, openly, and completely establish all of the facts of this case. Volkswagen has ordered an external investigation of this matter.
We do not and will not tolerate violations of any kind of our internal rules or of the law.
The trust of our customers and the public is and continues to be our most important asset. We at Volkswagen will do everything that must be done in order to re-establish the trust that so many people have placed in us, and we will do everything necessary in order to reverse the damage this has caused. This matter has first priority for me, personally, and for our entire Board of Management.