Whether you only deal superficially or in-depth with the exhaust gas aftertreatment of diesel engines: you will not be able to escape amazement these days. What comes to light bit by bit leads one to assume that the swamp is much deeper than already thought
Whether you only deal superficially or in-depth with the exhaust gas aftertreatment of diesel engines: you can hardly get out of amazement these days. What comes to light bit by bit leads one to assume that the swamp is much deeper than already thought. Some top earners in the automotive industry may be rather uncomfortable with the thought of the wave that could wash them out of their comfortable single offices. At least some of them are responsible for this.
Question and answer
We can assume that the major developers of engine and exhaust gas aftertreatment had to answer the top corporate managers at all major car manufacturers at the latest when the fraud at Volkswagen became public knowledge in September 2015.
“Do we also use test bench detection for manipulation?”
“Yes, boss, we do.”
“This is bad. How likely are we to be exposed? “
The answer to this is likely to determine how steadfastly a group leader claims in public: “We don’t use something like that. We’re not cheating. ”Some have gone astonishingly far, suggesting that they either think they are safe, not caught, or have no idea what is happening in their development departments. Both would appear in a light that no one would want to be illuminated by. Of course there is also a third option: That you are actually convinced that you have done everything correctly.
However, if almost two years after Volkswagen became aware of the exhaust gas fraud, two group brands had to admit that they had used an illegal defeat device by 2018, this is an impudence that is difficult to beat. She is accompanied by law enforcement that can leave you speechless: Almost three years after becoming known, the private rooms of Audi CEO Stadler and another member of the Group Executive Board were searched on Monday (June 11, 2018). If there was anything interesting from a legal point of view, it has certainly “evaporated” by now.
Especially since you have to keep one thing in mind: Volkswagen was warned before the 2015 release. Under no circumstances could the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) understand the results that were determined on the test bench on the road – this was how Volkswagen was discovered. The fact that it now hits the two self-proclaimed luxury brands Audi and Porsche only plays a minor role.
Volkswagen is not the only company that can currently amaze. The BMW boss always assured that no one was cheated. In March 2018, BMW had to admit that it had installed the wrong software on some diesel models. This could lead to increased NOx emissions. An oversight, as BMW emphasizes. Not even a year before the current generations of 1 and 3 series expire, both get an SCR cat. An astounding step that the attentive controllers would certainly have liked to have avoided. After all, BMW, who only use the SCR-Kat in conjunction with a storage cat, has already demonstrated that this way, very low NOx values can be demonstrated on the road. The current 520d is one of the cars that emit relatively little NOx.