Chris Iovenko

Chris Iovenko is a Los Angeles–based writer.


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Volkswagen's Big Lie

How VW's decision to double down on a fossil-fuel technology led it into deceit and disaster. 

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This article appeared in the Spring, 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine. It was written prior to Volkswagen's recent emissions violations settlement. In September 2015, Volkswagen shocked the automotive industry and the world by admitting publicly that, since 2008, it had duped consumers and violated U.S. federal and state emission laws by using a “defeat device” or “cheatware” in its diesel automobiles. The cheatware detected when the car was being put through an emissions test cycle and made the exhaust emissions compliant only during the test. Under actual driving conditions, emissions of certain toxic pollutants shot up to as much as 40 times more than the tests found. The cheatware had been installed in some 11 million VW vehicles worldwide, as well as Audis and Porsches, including nearly 600,000 vehicles in the United States. The impact of this disclosure on VW has been calamitous. VW stock has lost a third of its value since the scandal broke...