The Volkswagen Group has faced new allegations of handling diesel vehicles. The automaker thus rejected a media report, according to which even newer VW diesel engines were equipped with an illegal shutdown software. These ensured that a vehicle cleans the exhaust gas only on the test bench in accordance with the regulations - but not on the road.
The ARD station SWR had cited on the basis of internal VW documents reported, even VW diesel of the new emission standard 6 contained such a software for test bench detection. The authors cite a technical description of the EA288 diesel engine - the successor to the EA189 engine, which is at the center of the exhaust gas scandal.
Accordingly, the papers of the end of 2015 refer to the "use and recognition" of the new EU exhaust gas test "to trigger the switchover of the raw emission statement on a route-controlled basis." The SWR concludes that this is the same exhaust manipulation that VW admitted in September 2015.
A spokesman for the group, however, stated that no vehicle with the diesel engine EA288 contained a so-called test bench or cycle detection. In addition, such devices are not automatically a manipulation, but simply necessary. This is the only way the vehicle can detect when it is being operated on a test bench, and can only prevent the car to be triggered by mistake.