It went through the press like a thunderstorm: Volkswagen installed a software in its diesel engine controllers that detected when the car was under test. In such situations it reduced the harmful exhaust to the legal limit; otherwise it blew untenable many exhaust fumes into the air. The trick clearly was applied to circumvent the environmental legislation in the USA and other countries. Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn was forced to step back – but which effects will this revelation have?
After this catastrophic scenario, Volkswagen and the German automotive industry have to look ahead. The only way to handle such a situation is: Clear up, take the measures necessary to prevent such a dumb, idiotic conduct for all times, clean up the wreckage and continue to build fine cars. Without any tricks.