Just days after VW India announcing the country’s largest ever automotive recall to fix the emission issue (pending approval from official authorities), the transport ministry has stated that there is no evidence of the German automaker flouting the country’s emission norms, nor did the company admit any wrong doing.
Commenting on the issue, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said:
As of now, nothing is on record that suggests the manufacturer has violated our emission norms. We will follow transparent system for assessment before taking any action.
Earlier reports suggested that VW India could be penalized for violating the Indian emission norms but the minister said that unless the wrong doing is firmly established, the government can’t take action. ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) was put in charge of a probe to ascertain if the company has violated the emission standards. The test reports indicate that the emission of used cars are higher while the new cars emit well under the prescribed limits.
The dieselgate has weakened the mighty European automaker’s global prospects considerably. VW Group was on course to became the world’s largest automaker by sales in the first six months of this year but the widespread scandal which affected millions of vehicle throughout the world has slowed down the progress. The firm is currently looking at huge costs to fix the affected vehicles and to settle the penalties imposed on it by various governments.