A senior Volkswagen executive has called for a new global standard for emissions tests during intense questioning from MEPs investigating the Dieselgate scandal.
Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn, chief technology officer at Volkswagen Group, said there was a feeling of shame in the company and a determination to ‘make things better’.
A total of 11m VW Group cars worldwide were found to be fitted with so-called defeat devices following an investigation that was started by US authorities last year.
MEPs questioned why US consumers have been offered compensation worth $15bn but not European owners, whose cars are instead being recalled to be fixed over the next few years.
Eichhorn said cars were produced to meet the requirements of differing global legislation, so the fix applied in Europe wasn’t possible in the US. He added: “If we had a globally harmonised standard, it would allow us to build cars worldwide and focus on vehicle development, rather than having to build different cars for different global markets.”
Earlier this week, Italian consumer association Altroconsumo claimed its tests showed the agreed fix didn’t work and left vehicles with emissions that breached EU standards, but Eichhorn said he could only comment when he had seen the data.
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