1 October 2015 — Socialist Worker (U.S.)
Volkswagen chose profit over the planet
The auto giant only did what the capitalist system demands of every corporation: it put profit first, no matter who got hurt
It’s only been a week, but it’s already being dubbed one of the biggest-ever corporate scandals.
Volkswagen, the world’s largest auto manufacturer, was recently caught rigging millions of its cars to cheat on emissions tests. Software known as “defeat devices” was installed in more than 11 million cars that enabled the vehicles to pass emissions tests they would otherwise have failed. The illicit devices detect when a car is being tested and direct the engine to pump out far less pollutants — 98 percent less — into the air than they ordinarily do when on the road.