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Inquiry ordered to find out if Volkswagen cheated emission tests in India

New Delhi: An investigation has been launched to find out if the German auto major, Volkswagen manipulated emission tests in India as it did in the US by using software in its diesel models to
PTI September 25, 2015 22:28 IST
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New Delhi: An investigation has been launched to find out if the German auto major, Volkswagen manipulated emission tests in India as it did in the US by using software in its diesel models to circumvent emissions tests, by India's top automotive testing agency.

The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has started the probe after it was asked by the ministry of heavy industries to inquire into the matter.
"We have sought details from Volkswagen and are awaiting their response," said ARAI Director, Rashmi Urdhwareshe.

When asked if ARAI would pick up random samples to test, she said: "We are yet to decide on that... we will work as per the guidelines of the Ministry of Heavy Industries."

When contacted, a Volkswagen India spokesperson declined to comment further, stating "the investigations are still running".

Read Also: Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn steps down amid scandal

Yesterday, the secretary for heavy industries, Rajan Katoch had said that the ministry has asked ARAI to inquire if Volkswagen had manipulated emissions tests in India as it did in the US.

The company has admitted that 11 million diesel engine cars worldwide were fitted with the software that helped in manipulating emission tests. It is now facing investigations in the US, South Korea, France, Italy, Canada, Germany and the UK. Australia has said it is monitoring the situation.

In the wake of the scandal in the US, the embattled CEO of Volkswagen, Martin Winterkorn, stepped down earlier this week.

The allegations against Germany's largest car maker were initially raised by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which last week ordered it to recall nearly half a million diesel cars fitted with special software that enabled the cars to detect when they were on emission control test and lower their pollution levels.

It could hide the fact that the emission levels of diesel cars were 40 times higher than the level of pollutants allowed in the US.