Volkswagen in Biggest Global Automobile Scandal

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The basic thing is Volkswagen was making Diesel cars that cheat Emission tests. Throughout world, there are norms about minimum emissions that engine must not exceed. So Volkswagen created a software that cheats emission control tests which was finally discovered by US EPA federal agency. Its speculated that Volkswagen has also cheated Government norms in Europe as well as Asia. Its estimated that more than 1 Crore Volkswagen cars have been cheating emission norms. Though entire extent of scandal is unknown and now under investigation by various Governments around the world.

Volkswagen has been cheating in emission tests by making its cars appear far less polluting than they are. The US Environmental Protection Agency discovered that 482,000 VW diesel cars on American roads were emitting up to 40 times more toxic fumes than permitted - and VW has since admitted the cheat affects 11m cars worldwide.

It means far more harmful NOx emissions, including nitrogen dioxide, have been pumped into the air than was thought – on one analysis, between 250,000 to 1m extra tonnes every year. The hidden damage from these VW vehicles could equate to all of the UK’s NOx emissions from all power stations, vehicles, industry and agriculture.

VW’s “defeat device” is not a physical device but a programme in the engine software that lets the car perceive if is being driven under test conditions - and only then pull out all the anti-pollution stops. “Clean diesel” engines cut emissions through techniques such as adjusting air-fuel ratios and exhaust flows, and in some (though not most VWs) injecting a urea-based solution to render NOx harmless. When running normally, requiring greater performance, VW’s controls would not operate in the same way.

India has also ordered probe of Volkswagen.

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I believe the standards are so low in India that even without software tampering, the cars are compliant with local requirements :D
 


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There has been criticism of the fact that the Indian norms lag the Euro norms. As of 2014, only a few cities meet Euro IV or Bharat Stage IV standards that are nine years behind Europe. The rest of India gets Bharat Stage III standard fuel and vehicles, which are 14 years behind Europe.[15] Also, there was a suggestion from some bodies to implement Euro IV norms after Euro II norms, skipping the Euro III norms totally. This is because the Euro III norms are only a small improvement over Euro II, whereas Euro IV norms mark a big leap over Euro II. According to a study conducted by the Desert Research Institute and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, the only way to stabilise fine particulates (PM2.5) at the 2011 levels despite the five-fold rise in vehicular density is nationwide implementation of Bharat V standards by 2015.[16]
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America and European nations give incentives to citizens for scrapping their old vehicles. In many developed nations, owners actually get incentives that value more than their old cars. Govt spend out of their pockets to assist people in replacing their old cars. But in India, foolish NGT passes blanket orders to restrict age of vehicles. Why would people listen to that?

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India is an economically backward nation. It takes long saving to buy Vehicles. Many people who don't wanna spend big bucks on new vehicles buy 2nd hand. Just compare per capita income of India to American and European nations. India is far behind West.

Now Pollution is very real problem in India. If Govt is really interested in people dumping their old polluting vehicle and buy new efficient ones, Govt should introduce major incentives. To begin with, Govt should scrap Registration Tax for people who're scrapping their old vehicles.