Dieselgate: How VW Found Themselves in Hot Water with No One to Blame

Volkswagen

Volkswagen Group has found themselves in serious hot water with the EPA for serious transgressions, and may have to recall or fix at least 482,000 diesel vehicles in what’s being called Dieselgate. Why is there yet another “gate?” Haven’t we all learned from the New England Patriots Spygate, and Deflatgate that cheaters eventually get caught? Well now VW is the next one to find out.

 

VW is accused of cheating on EPA emissions testing and has actually admitted to doing so on 11 million vehicles worldwide. The engine in question is the Type EA 189 common rail diesel, which VW put into several makes and models worldwide, including Volkswagens, Audis, Skodas and Seats.

 

VW actually installed what the EPA is calling a “Cheat Device” which is an engine management software which only activates once the vehicle’s EPA emissions testing has begun. While not being tested the cheat device deactivates and allows the vehicle to run at 40 times the current emission standards.

 

As of right now no recalls have been issues yet contrary to some early reports and no fines have been doled out, however VW Group has already set aside 7.2 billion dollars to prepare. The EPA is continuing to investigate the matter and determine the course of action they’ll take against VW.

 

This infraction is a huge deal, much bigger than any recall. If Volkswagen knowingly installed devices, which let them break the law this could lead to record fines, punishments and even criminal charges against those found responsible.

 

VW dealers have already been issued a “stop sale” on all 2015 and 2016 TDI models, and the VW stock has begun to fall.

 

All we can do now is let the EPA continue its investigating and see what the future holds for VW in America.

 

 

The story behind George Kell and Duck Commander

Did you know Jase and Si Robertson from Duck Dynasty have trucks sponsored by George Kell Motors?

 

 

That’s right Jase and Si both have custom designed trucks from George Kell.

 

 

So how did a GMC and Chevy dealership in Newport, Arkansas become sponsors of the most popular show on cable television?

 

 

Well a few years ago, Phil Robertson attended church where George Kell owner Elliot Sides goes and Sides gave Phil his business card. A day later, Phil called asking if his dealership would like to sponsor Jase and Si’s trucks for the  show, which at the time was just on the Outdoor Channel before it went on A+E.

 

 

“I thought it’d be cool,” Sides recalled. “They were working on the pilot for A+E and we didn’t know where it would go.”

 

 

Jase’s truck, a GMC Sierra, was custom designed by Sides and fitted with a grill guard, black rims and custom camouflage decal along the bottom of the black vehicle.  The trucks went to Louisiana where Duck Commander Headquarters is located.  Now, Jase’s Sierra is seen quite frequently on Duck Dynasty, and the show has been a major success as it’s the most watched cable television show out today by a landslide.

 

 

Duck Dynasty is seen by 8 million viewers on Wednesday nights, getting almost twice as many views as the second most watched cable show, Monday Night Raw.

 

 

 

Season Four of the show is going to feature a new truck for Jase a new 2014 GMC Sierra that Sides will custom design again. What really going to be cool about Jase’s new ride, beyond the custom work that will be done to it, is that “he’s going to have one of the first 2014 Sierras on the road,” Sides said.

 

 

It’s certainly something to watch for next year. As for right now, check out Duck Dynasty on A+E and these funny commercials Jase and Si did for Goerge Kell Motors.

 

 

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