Friday, March 04, 2016
When an industry leader admits to fraud, it can reflect on others whether or not they had anything to do with the crime. That is the case with Volkswagen and its deceptive diesel emissions software. The entire auto industry in Europe is in a quandary over what to do about the diesel engine. The problem is not easily fixed. Automakers will have to strap more equipment to the diesel to remove nitrogen oxide, which is damaging to the lungs. The diesel, which had been a key to control air pollution, is under a cloud, thanks to Volkswagen's lie. Predictably, automakers are furious with the company, as they should be, but anger doesn't help them. There is no guarantee now that drivers will continue to choose diesels with expensive air cleaning machinery, but the automakers are forced to try because they have to meet emission standards. The article notes that Volkswagen took a low-key approach this year to the Geneva auto show. It needed a dose of humility.