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Volkswagen owners in limbo

Krystal Mohan
Life reporter

Volkswagen has fooled millions of diesel owners worldwide, causing the company to lose 40 per cent in market value, and face a substantial decrease in reputation.

Martin Winterkorn, the CEO of Volkswagen stepped down after it was revealed that the company was running faulty emissions tests with the use of a “defeat device”. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, many VW diesel vehicles were giving off 40 times more fumes than is acceptable.

“The problem is that I want to sell my car and get a new one but being a VW enthusiast I can’t see myself getting any car other than a VW,” said 21-year-old Nathan Allen, a former Humber student from Toronto.

The 11 million cars affected in the scandal are now being recalled, as they came equipped with said “defeat devices”. It was created to increase stamina in the vehicle as in a test condition, the vehicle would appear to be highly fuel-efficient.

“A company this massive with a following this large should have better measures in place to prevent their products from being designed with illegal features,” said Allen.

Affected models are the 2009-2015 Golf, Jetta, Beetle, and Passat diesels, as well as the Audi A3. Volkswagen is no longer selling the 2015 diesels, and will not be revealing the 2016 diesel models.

Lesley da Silva believes that other manufacturers would not risk their entire companies, and their future on tricks like that.

“I don’t drive [my diesel] day to day, said Elliot Dawson,a 21-year-old diesel-owner from Etobicoke, “but I feel a bit shocked, and I would definitely feel like I’m being judged if I was to drive it while this scandal is going on.”

Da Silva on another hand gets annoyed because he’s driving around in a Toyota Camry, having to get his emissions test done, and getting charged.

“Meanwhile I hear that Volkswagens have black smoke coming out of them but nobody does anything. So, it doesn’t surprise me very much,” said da Silva.

Volkswagen has been putting its reputation at risk since 2009. Only time will tell what the car company’s future will look like.

“I don’t think Volkswagen is what it used to be and clearly ‘Das Auto’ is not for the Earth, and perhaps not even for the people, as it suggests,” said Da Silva.

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