Volkswagen Screwed Up, Soon I'll Be Driving a Lamborghini

With this little piece of writing I may have to change the headline of this blog. There will be information about cars in this post. Predictably it will be about VW, Volkswagen. Das Auto.

In case you missed it: in the USA it was discovered that Volkswagen has manipulated the emissions of some of their diesel cars. They were able to develop a programme which senses that the car was tested for such and produce momentarily far less than it normally would.
Voices quickly piped up that this would cause a mayor damage to their image and their share price did the opposite of going through the roof.
What did VW say? At least they admitted to their fraud, and with very simple words said We've screwed up.

In my world screwing up always comes with the implication that you didn't mean to fuck something up. You studied hard for a test and it was still graded with an F, you screwed up. You accidentally drove in that car, you screwed that one up. That's what you have insurance for. You wanted to cook noodles instead your kitchen went up in flames …
How do you accidentally install a piece of technology that tells your car to produce less emission when it's tested? How do you accidentally put it into your cars?

I wondered, why are only cars in the USA affected? After all they all use the same engine. They won't use shittier engines for which they have to use a software to pass inspection. It will be the same engine. Meaning it isn't far fetched that European cars could be manipulated as well. Back on Tuesday this was only an assumption, now it has been confirmed.

Then I remembered that I owe a Seat diesel, which is basically a Golf underneath (as it uses their engine) I began to wonder. Could my car be affected?
Hence, I set off to do a little research: the types of cars which are affected are Golf, Jetta, the dreadful Beetle and Audi A3 built between 2009 and 2015. 
Oh – oh, my car was born in 2012. Now it might be some combination between particle filter and engine that I don't understand, or that Seat uses a different software and I don't understand that either. No matter: I dug a little deeper and sighed with relief. Only 2,0l engines are affected. My car isn't.
What would I have done if it had been?
I wouldn't have sold my car. I wouldn't have broken down crying. I may have just shrugged my shoulders and went "oh well" and still used the car the way I use it now. I may have felt a little cheated.

There are numbers in a car's booklet which we all know just aren't true in the real world: the range of a hybrid or an electronic cars (always subtract one quarter to half from the number). Average fuel consumption (add about 1 litre).
However, emissions aren't exactly my strong suit: I know that the more CO2 a car produces the worse it is for Johnny Polar Bear. Nobody will chose their car by that number either. Not directly. We are forced to think environmental, because the lower your emission the lower your tax. There is your beloved EURO rating: the lower your emission (both NOx & CO2), the higher your rating, the less tax you pay. You are looking after your money, in the end. Maybe somewhere in the back of your mind you'll know less damage than I could have done. That's okay.
I am not smart enough to understand all of the cause and effect, surely I am not alone with that.

I do believe that car makers have that responsibility. Because all I know is my car's rating, I'm assuming that they know most of the cause and effect. So I expect them to be honest in telling me  how much rubbish I produce by driving about!

However, I doubt that this will be the end of Volkswagen. Or even it's credibility. After all Toyota didn't disappear when it was discovered that their cars preferred to drive into trees instead of stopping. Toyota is still one of the biggest car companies there are.

Volkswagen is like amazon (the online store, not the tree thing) of the car industry. It's just there, and thinking you'll get rid of it would be stupid. Now, they're very keen on damage control.
Furthermore, they make good cars, they make trustworthy cars, they make reliable cars, they make cars for people who like to drive fast but still need the same car to take the children to school. They make trucks, they make cheap versions of what is basically a Golf. They make fun and cheery cars. They make big chunky off-roaders which are - like most SUVs these days – not meant for off-roading. There are Golf Mk III and Mk IV on the streets to this day! I drove a Mk III about and beside it's lack of first gear and servo-stearing it worked brilliantly.
What's playing with the number given that? Pretty much nothing, a small sub-chapter on their wikipedia page …

Here is my tip: while the share prices are still going down, buy some. Because you will be rich! Very very rich. You could go and buy many so Lamborghinis (owed by Audi, owed by VW) that you do not care about your EURO rating any longer!

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