Volkswagen’s troubles are far from over, and now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expanding the scope of its investigation. This week the EPA announced that it is now looking into the possibility of parent company Volkswagen AG using devices to cheat air pollution tests with luxury diesel vehicles from the company’s Porsche and Audi brands.
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In addition to the smaller diesel engines used in models like the Volkswagen Golf and the Volkswagen Jetta, the EPA is now also specifically looking at the 3.0-liter V6 engine used in larger luxury and SUV models like the Porsche Cayenne and the Audi Q5.
Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee, released an official statement on the expanded scope of the investigation co-signed by Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO).
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“The latest revelations raise the question, where does VW’s road of deceit end? The EPA expanding its investigation prompts questions regarding the prevalence of the emissions cheating and how it went undetected for so long,” said Upton in his statement. “Our bipartisan investigation continues - it’s time for Volkswagen to fully come clean.”
According to Reuters, Volkswagen AG has responded by asserting that it is fully cooperating and that it did not install emissions test-cheating software in its 3.0 liter V6 diesel cars. But with its deception flying under the radar for years, the EPA cannot so easily give Volkswagen the benefit of the doubt. If this latest assertion is true, it will come out in testing.