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The Volkswagen Scandal
By Jack Ewing

This is a good book about the emissions scandal at VW. It does a great job of setting the background, all the way back to the original 1936 bug, and the Porshe and Piech families. I learned all sorts of new terms as well. (You Cruze diesel owners will recognize these.) For example:

o DPF: Diesel Particulate Filter
o DEF: Diesel Exhaust Fluid
o SCR: Selective Catalytic Reduction

More importantly, I learned how the "cheats" were implemented in the engine computer, and how much over the limits the actual exhaust gases were, on the order of 20x in some cases. So this was no small sin. And after reading about the unhealthy effects of NOx emissions and the callous disregard of the rules, I came away thinking the VW executives being punished got what they deserved. And there are still others who should go to jail as well.

When the scandal first broke, and arrests were made, I wondered if the prosecution in the US wasn't biased to go after a foreign company, and was perhaps overlooking similar violations at other, US-based companies. But I learned that both GM (1993) and Ford (1997) had in fact been caught and fined for exhaust cheating. Furthermore, multiple diesel truck engine makers including Cummins, Caterpillar, Detroit Diesel, Mack, Renault, Navistar, and Volvo had been fined for similar deeds as well (1998).

My instinct had been that maybe VW was being over-zealously prosecuted. But after learning the scope of the violations and the extent of the cover-up, I was convinced otherwise - the punishment was called for, absolutely.

Other interesting tidbits include learning how the Porsche-Audi-VW triumvirate had come to be, and that there was a scandal involving that, too.

For car guys and gals, I consider this a must-read book. I got mine at the library.


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Does the book go into any detail regarding the buy-back? Specifically, how many vehicles were ultimately taken back, where were they taken and what became of them?
 

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Does the book go into any detail regarding the buy-back? Specifically, how many vehicles were ultimately taken back, where were they taken and what became of them?
If that quantity is in there, I don't recall seeing it. Some numbers for quantities affected (Porsche, Audi and VW) are there, and the amounts to be paid. This includes 80,000 US owners with 3-liter motors, and 105,000 Canadians. (I couldn't find the overall numbers during a quick search.)

For buyback in the US, owners were to receive the September 2015 value plus 5100-10,000 dollars restitution.

For buyback numbers in the US, wiki has this:

Of the buyback, 138,000 had been completed by 18 February 2017 with 150,000 more to be returned. 52,000 chose to keep their cars. 67,000 diesel cars from model year 2015 were cleared for repairs, but left uncertainty about the future of 325,000 "Generation One" diesel VWs from the 2009-2014 model years, which use the "lean NOx trap" and would be harder to repair.​
In March 2018, Reuters reported that 294,000 cars from the buyback program have been stored at 37 regional US staging sites; some of the first reported sites included: Colorado Springs, Colorado; Pontiac, Michigan; Baltimore, Maryland; San Bernardino, California; and Gary, Indiana.​

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