Volkswagen shock

Print edition : October 30, 2015

A 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen diesel in Studio City, California on September 23. The Jetta is one of the two Volkswagen cars that were found to have unacceptable levels of emissions on the road. The other is the Passat. Photo: Chris Carlson/AP

The new Volkswagen Passat is displayed during a reveal event at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on September 21 in New York. Volkswagen shares plunged after U.S. regulators accused the German automaker of cheating on emissions tests, alleging that nearly 500,000 cars were not meeting federal standards. Photo: Kevin Hagen/AP

Arvind Thiruvengadam with colleague Marc Besch at the Engineering Sciences Building, West Virginia University, Morgantown, United States. The duo conducted the tests in early 2013, which resulted in Volkswagen’s downfall in 2015.

Arvind Thiruvengadam at the Engines Research Center, Morgantown. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Arvind Thiruvengadam, research assistant professor at West Virginia University, speaks on the emission scandal.
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