A Big Dent to the Beetle

bugBy Denise Kim

Once often ranked among the most dependable car brands, Volkswagen is now struggling to stay competitive following the fallout from its most recent scandal that has already led to the resignation of Volkswagen’s CEO Martin Winterkorn.

On September 18, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen alleging that Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars from 2009-2015 contain software that circumvents EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants. Additionally, California issued a separate In-Use Compliance letter through the California Air Resources Board (CARB) with similar allegations. The scandal has affected the following VW cars: Jetta, Golf, Beetle and Passat models. Additionally, reports indicate that Volkswagen subsidiaries Audi and Skoda also installed deceptive software. Continue reading