Volkswagen AG, the (interim) largest automaker in the world by sales recently admitted to have rigged diesel emissions testing in the United States, with eleven million autos affected worldwide.
Naturally, since the admission of rigged tests jumped from half a million cars sold in the US to eleven million sold throughout the globe, the national regulators have started worrying they could have gained a share of the polluting vehicles. Japanese regulators have started Thursday a probe looking to find if VW AG’s models sold in the country were in compliance with emissions levels. The nation’s transport ministry could start the inspection of Volkswagen autos after finding what the company has to say, according to an official within the policy division in charge of vehicle emissions inspections for vehicle registrations.
Next up, Australia’s competition watchdog announced on Friday it would seek to find whether the German carmaker purposely told consumers in the country the cars polluted less than in reality. “The ACCC is making enquiries to determine if consumers might have been exposed to misleading claims,” commented a representative for Reuters. “The ACCC is also considering the rights of consumers under the Australian Consumer Law.”
Also on Friday a report in the Indian Mint newspaper cited officials that have knowledge of the proceeds, with the sources indicating the country’s government has called for an investigation into its vehicle emissions following the revelation it rigged US pollution tests and that up to 11 million vehicles worldwide might have been equipped with the cheat device.
Via Reuters, Bloomberg