VW fined $13 million by the Brazil regulator for emissions fraud image

The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources said it would fine Volkswagen for defrauding local emissions testing requirements. In total, 17,057 diesel-powered Amaroks have been affected.

Volkswagen AG was notified by the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) that the German automaker would receive a 50 million reais (around 13 million dollars) fine for the installation of the famous cheating device to bypass the emission limits of Brazil, said recently in a statement the federal environmental agency. “The company was notified on Thursday and is expected to submit a rectification plan for the affected vehicles that were sold in the country so that they meet the emission parameters required by the Brazilian legislation. The recall will be exclusively for the correction of the modified device and will not affect the engine performance,” said in a note the Environment Agency.

According to IBAMA, the Agency responded immediately after on 18 September the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of violation of its air pollution legislation to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and Volkswagen Group of America Inc. The violation was referring to the four-cylinder diesel vehicles sold by the automakers, from 2009 to 2015, cars which have used a software to trick the emission tests.

Therefore, on September 25, the VW’s Brazilian subsidiary was notified by IBAMA and obliged to provide information regarding the disclosures on every vehicle sold by VW in Brazil. According to the Agency, in a letter sent on October 22, Volkswagen acknowledged that the Amarok diesel models, all from 2011 and some of 2012, sold on the Brazilian market, featured the same device found on the VW’s US cars.