If you saved up your coin to buy a new diesel-powered Volkswagen, it looks like you may be out of luck for a while!
Volkswagen Canada has directed its dealers to put a stop-sale on models that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency claims have cheated emissions tests.
The EPA revealed Friday that VW used a device designed to detect when the cars where having their emissions tested. This device allowed the car to trick the test. How would the car know when it was being tested? The software device was set to trigger when, while the cars were supposedly in motion, there was no response from the steering wheel. The deactivation of the vehicle’s traction control (a common move during an emissions test) also activated the device.
In reality, VW diesel vehicles are emitting harmful pollutants at 40 times the acceptable standards.
The models affected by the probe, and the stop-sale order are the diesel versions of the 2009 through 2015 Jetta, the 2010 through 2015 Golf, the 2013 through 2015 Beetle, the 2012 through 2015 Passat, and the 2009 through 2015 Golf Wagon.
VW has pushed these cars as being very environmentally friendly, and the models listed above account for four-fifths of the company’s Canadian sales.
For what it’s worth, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has apologized for this whole fiasco.
As a consumer, do you feel cheated by Volkswagen? If you bought one of the above models, will you demand a full refund, considering that the vehicle was not what they promised it would be? Should everybody involved in this cover-up face time behinds bars?