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Taiwan's EPA investigates Volkswagen

Taiwan's EPA investigates Volkswagen

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Environmental Protection Administration has started an investigation to find whether cars sold by the Taiwan arm of Volkswagen AG were also implicated in the rigging of emissions tests, reports said Wednesday.
A report in the United States said last week that software in VW diesel cars had been set up to show much lower harmful emissions than actually happened. The scandal has since ballooned to include 11 million vehicles worldwide, according to an admission by the German carmaker.
Taiwan’s EPA said that on Tuesday it had requested the Taiwan branch of the company to present a report about whether and how the issue was affecting cars sold in the country.
Inspectors will also hold unannounced checks of emissions by VW cars, with a first report on their results expected for next week, the EPA said. If any problems are found, the company will have to recall vehicles to make the necessary adjustments.
EPA officials said that there might be no problem, since most VW diesel cars sold in Taiwan adhere to European norms and were not the models built for the US market. In any event, the EPA said it would be closely monitoring developments in Germany and elsewhere regarding the scandal.
The VAG group’s Taiwan representatives said it still needed some time to check the vehicles sold inside the country and had not received any relevant news from headquarters in the German town of Wolfsburg.
Volkswagen has major manufacturing operations in Shanghai, but not in Taiwan, even though for years there have been reports it might start up production on the island.
In the US, the group was ordered to recall half a million cars, while it would face billions of dollars in fines and criminal charges for its executives.


Updated : 2021-02-27 15:45 GMT+08:00