VW official says emissions cheating started in 2005


The Volkswagen engineers who installed "defeat devices" in vehicles to cheat emissions tests started their scheme in 2005 because they couldn't figure out how to pass U.S. tests, a company official said Thursday.

Hans Dieter Pötsch, chairman of the supervisory board of Volkswagen, told reporters Thursday that the company's investigation has revealed that engineers couldn't find a way to get "clean diesel" vehicles past U.S. emissions tests. Instead, they cheated from the beginning of the program and didn't stop when better solutions became available, he said.

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