VW Exec Apologizes to Lawmakers

AP LogoWASHINGTON (AP) — Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn denies that top corporate officials, either in Germany or the U.S., knew about the software on the company’s diesel cars designed to cheat on emissions test.

Testing before a House committee, Horn says there was no discussion or decision by the company’s board to install the defeat devices software.

“To my understanding this was not a corporate decision, this was something individuals did,” Horn said.

He says “a couple” software developers in Germany were responsible for the cheat.

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, asked Horn if he really believed that senior level corporate managers had no knowledge of the software, which was first installed on cars for the 2009 model year.

“I agree it’s very hard to believe,” Horn said.

Volkswagen says most of the 500,000 U.S. cars with diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests will need complex hardware and software fixes that will take several years.

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