VW diesel scandal: Continental says its software was not used to cheat on diesel tests image

Continental Ag, one of the largest automotive suppliers in the world, claims the software it has supplied to the Volkswagen Group was not meant to or could be used to rig diesel emissions testing procedures.

According to a statement, Continental delivered the fuel injectors, fuel pumps and equipment to manage the motor, with the parts used in the engine control system for 1.6-liter versions of the EA 189 engines that are at the heart of the German automaker’s global dieselgate scandal. “We are sure that the software that we deliver to VW is not appropriate to manipulate any emissions test results,” commented a Continental official. The spokesperson added the carmaker was the sole responsible for certification and programming of the software. The VW Group could recall 11 million vehicles around the world from the VW, Audi, Skoda, Seat and light commercial vehicle brands to change software that is illegal and manipulates emissions tests. Robert Bosch GmbH was the supplier of engine management software for the 2.0-liter EA 189 diesels that US environmental regulators from the EPA found to have duped emissions control tests.

According to media reports, the 2.0-liter diesel would incur an easy and inexpensive fix as the sole requirement is to provide a software update that can be addressed in any certified workshop. The issue with the 1.6-liter diesel will be costlier as the software needs an update but the injector nozzle will also have to be replaced. Bosch also claimed it had indeed delivered the components now at the heart of the global emissions cheat scandal but ultimately the responsibility was with the carmaker because it handled the final configuration and characteristics.

Via Automotive News Europe