Volkswagen’s US CEO testified Thursday that the decision to use emissions cheating software was not made at the corporate level. Instead, it was “software engineers who put this in for whatever reason,” Michael Horn told a congressional panel that is investigating the scandal.
What’s more, Horn told US lawmakers that the German automaker was withdrawing its application to sell 2016 autos with 2.0-liter diesel engines because they don’t comply with US emissions standards. Horn testified that the 2016 vehicles were equipped with the same type of software that allowed millions of VW diesel vehicles to cheat pollution tests. “As a result, we have withdrawn the application for certification of our model year 2016 vehicles. We are working with the agencies to continue the certification process,” Horn told the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
“On behalf of our company, and my colleagues in Germany, I would like to offer a sincere apology for Volkswagen’s use of a software program that served to defeat the regular emissions testing regime,” Horn added. Horn was emphatic that there was no internal, executive-level decision to program the emissions software to cheat.