DieselGate: We Were Right, Something Smells Awful

Remember back in 2015 when we said something doesn’t smell right in the VW diesel scandal? it would be impossible for the whole auto industry to not know what was happening – including execs at these organizations.

Well, fast forward a few years and many arrests later and now Mercedes may have to recall over a million vehicles because well, apparently they did see what VW did and decided it was a great idea to emulate.

Had you been a reader, you would have known this was coming back in 2015 when we said:

If management learned VW engineers were able to achieve the impossible… They found a way to burn diesel in a manner which literally saved billions of dollars for the company, they would naturally want to know how it was done. This was a breakthrough. It is inconceivable that all of management wouldn’t be interested in learning at least something about how the system worked.

Basically this means all senior management could likely be liable if logic is a guide here.

Likewise, there is no way a BMW engineer or one from Mercedes is going to believe they can’t achieve something Volkswagen engineers can. You see where I’m going here? It is impossible that questions about this new technology wouldn’t have come up in vehicle planning and board meetings. Moreover, auto makers routinely tear apart competitor’s cars… No other auto company evaluated this breakthrough technology in order to emulate it? Finally, none of the diesel engineers ever got hired away by rival companies?

Something doesn’t smell right and it isn’t just the extra ton of NOx emissions the cars were giving off.

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