The news for Volkswagen keeps getting worse. Now US regulators say the German automaker also included illegal "defeat devices" on its larger three liter diesel engines over the past three years. VW shareholders won't be pleased.
The promise follows revelations that German automakers funded studies in which humans and monkeys inhaled diesel fumes. Volkswagen has placed its chief lobbyist on leave following the reports.
Revelations that car companies funded studies exposing monkeys and humans to diesel fumes have caused an outcry in Germany. But scientists say the hue and cry has been "overblown" and that such tests are fairly common.
It made for emotive headlines. Diesel gas tests on monkeys – and humans? VW, still tainted by Dieselgate, was also part of the story. But the Aachen research institute involved in one study says it was unduly implicated.
The US unit of Volkswagen has called for the Dieselgate trials to be delayed, after a plaintiffs' lawyer linked the firm with the Holocaust. The lawyer, Michael Melkersen, made the comments in a Netflix documentary.
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