A Portland twist to the VW scandal


“Sympathetic and concerned citizen” leaves note on owner of car that was programmed to cheat emissions tests.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Portlanders take the environment seriously. So when it came to light that Volkswagen engineers programmed their smart diesel cars to cheat emissions tests, it was only a matter of time before someone got involved.

According to the lardopdx Instagram account, an anonymous citizen told Lardo’s proprietor, also a VW owner, about the scandal, adding, helpfully, that the German car company was “founded by Nazis :(“

 

“I think it’s hysterical, and and I love the response that it’s gotten,” Lardo’s Rick Gencarelli, told The Oregonian/OregonLive.

He said it also seems odd to criticize drivers who bought cars they considered to be cleaner and more efficient than other vehicles.

“It’s like, all right, we all got tricked,” he said. “VW screwed up and we’re all victims.”

(SOURCE: OregonLive.com)

VW plans to recall the nearly 11 million cars that have the software that triggers a cheating system.

VW today said it is working on technical steps to refit diesel cars that contained illegal emission-control software. The automaker did not say how the planned refit would make cars with the “cheat” software comply with regulations, or how this might affect vehicles’ fuel efficiency, which is an important consideration for customers.

Customers will be informed “in the next few weeks and months” about planned measures, the company said in a statement.

(SOURCE: Reuters)

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