By Ralph Panhuyzen
What became known as 'Dieselgate' is a remarkable example of a huge conglomerate getting caught 'cheating on their exams', therefore having to face the dire consequences. It’s a curious 'business model' - the American EPA being able to cash billions from Volkswagen, whereas the European Union simply cannot, since it bears responsibility for the faulty testing methods with which Volkswagen thought it was in the clear.
A preliminary estimate is that Volkswagen may have to pay around 40 billion euro in retrofits, damages and fines for exceeding the NOx limits. VW diesel owners in the EU aren't entitled to any compensation. Worse, VW is allowed to continue selling the very same polluting diesel cars in the EU, that can't be sold in the U.S.