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Volkswagen engineers used code words when referring to emissions cheating

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On: Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 10:28AM | By: Carl Malek

Volkswagen engineers used code words when referring to emissions cheating

Volkswagen's ongoing emission scandal has revealed many troubling factors that were rampant in the company during the period that emissions control-cheating software was installed in diesel-powered Volkswagen models. Now, new evidence appears to suggest that VW workers actually had a list of code words designed to cover up the cheating in oral and document exchanges.

The situation, which was uncovered by the publication Bloomberg, creates another obstacle that could hinder VW's internal investigation into the whole scandal. The investigation is said to be conducted by 450 investigators, and is centered around 20 employees and the correspondence that each one had. A source familiar with the investigation said that in an attempt to mask the project's true intentions, it was allegedly referred to by dubious monikers such as "acoustic software" and other software types that had nothing to do with the engine. This has hindered the company's ability to find and punish all the workers that were guilty in the scandal. These same code words also made it harder for investigators to find crucial evidence in documents related to the matter.

In addition, a separate report states that the software was first created at Audi back in 1999, but was never implemented in production vehicles. That all allegedly changed six years later when Volkswagen engineers dusted off the software after desperately trying to find a way to lower nitrogen oxide emissions in the new TDI engine that was under development at the time. A urea injection system was deemed too costly, and it is rumored that the software was used as a last ditch effort to solve the problem in a way that did not require the company to invest even more money into the program.

These unwelcome reports come on the heels of a recent announcement from the company which warned that its first quarter financial results would not be released until June, and they seek to reschedule the deadline for detailing its repair program to regulators in the U.S. market. Multiple analysts have released their own findings on the matter, and say that the lawsuit payouts, repair costs, and criminal settlements will cost VW tens of billions of dollars, which could put a serious crimp on funding for its various brands for several years. Investors would like to see VW finally put this incident behind them, and do what it takes to move forward from this unfortunate chapter in the company's history.


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