It seems the trouble is not over for Volkswagen in its attempts to skirt regulators for its diesel engines. New allegations have emerged that other diesel engines in the Volkswagen family were equipped with similar defeat devices that have been at the heart of #Dieselgate. The new allegations could bring VW’s newly minted CEO under fire.
When it was originally revealed that the four cylinder diesel engines from various Volkswagen and Audi models, one particular elephant in the room was that of the 3.0-liter V6 diesel that is found in a number of vehicles in the Volkswagen family, including the Porsche Cayenne and VW Touareg. According to Bloomberg, other shoe has now dropped and the EPA has accused the V6 of containing the same defeat software.
This could spell trouble for VW Group’s new CEO Matthias Mueller. Before replacing the ousted Martin Winterkorn, Mueller ran VW’s Porsche division. The appointment of Meuller back in September was meant to be a sign of a new guard, free of VW’s past sins. He was not directly implicated, but with the Porsche engine now brought into the fold, it is a bad look for the new CEO.
Volkswagen has taken a strong stance against the accusations, issuing the following statement: “Volkswagen AG wishes to emphasize that no software has been installed in the 3-liter V6 diesel power units to alter emissions characteristics in a forbidden manner.”
Still, the EPA is going to continue to see if there was any wrongdoing. At the very least, if there were a cheat device in the Porsche diesel V6, and it was done without Mueller knowing, he would look like he doesn’t know what his people are up to. But if he was aware, then Volkswagen Group would likely have to find a new chief executive.