It always struck me, as I recoiled from the stink of diesel fumes on the interstate, that the notion of “clean” diesel had to be wrong. It turns out I was right — at least in the case of Volkswagen, which cheated on emissions tests for about 11 million vehicles. Now countries are banning sales of the makes that had been programmed to lie about pollution results.
Shocking? Only if you think that VW is the only company that’s ever shipped products that faked test results.
If you haven’t heard about it, several models of diesel VW vehicles built between 2009 and 2015 and diesel Audi A3 models from 2010 to 2015 had software installed in their electronic control modules that sensed when an emissions test was being conducted.