#Dieselgate: What did they know (lots), and when did they know it (2007)

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Volkswagen’s diesel debacle marches on. A Volkswagen engineer warned his bosses in 2011 that he had detected “illegal methods in connection with exhaust readings,” writes the Frankfurter Allgemeine. And earlier in 2007, supplier Bosch warned Volkswagen not to use its technology in an illegal way, writes Bild am Sonntag (no link.) [Continue Reading]

#Dieselgate: Time for us to do our jobs. Start asking questions

Yes, or no?

Yes, or no?

Auto scribes, please cover the diesel (and most likely also gasoline) debacle relentlessly. It’s a great story, and there will be much more to dig for. Keep digging. But please, let’s stop the verbal out-gassing and moral epistles. There is work to do.

Martin Winterkorn had to leave because he found himself in an inescapable dilemma. He either knew, and therefore had to go, or he didn’t, and therefore had to go. As a motor journalist, one is in a similar situation. We either knew about rigged tests, and we need to shut up about lost moral compasses, or we didn’t, and we are unfit for the job. [Continue Reading]

Winterkorn stepped down? Not exactly

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On Wednesday, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn famously resigned as CEO of embattled Volkswagen, succumbing to pressure from the executive committee of Volkswagen’s supervisory board. This after widespread cheating with at least 11 million diesel engines was detected. As it turns out, Winterkorn still has a few Volkswagen jobs left. [Continue Reading]

Carlos Ghosn on truth

Ghosn with Waseda students

Ghosn with Waseda students

Among the many gems Renault’s and Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn delivered this morning to the students of Tokyo’s prestigious Waseda University, this was the most precious:

“Everything we see is true. But we don’t see everything.”

This rings especially true during the current media frenzy.

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Diesel debacle central, Friday very early edition

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Factors to watch today: New VW CEO. Who gets fired. Spread of scandal to other makers. For investigative journalists: Find the defeat device in gasoline cars.

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Shoes drop in diesel debacle: In the EU, BMW X3 worse than Passat, other cars affected, more heads to roll

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Pig

If Volkswagen’s diesel debacle causes such an uproar in mostly diesel-disinclined America, what would be the effect of cheating found in Europe, where half of the cars run on oil? We are about to find out. Volkswagen’s cheaters are on Europe’s roads, and assumed clean BMW finds itself dirty. [Continue Reading]

Diesel Debacle Central, Thursday early edition

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