Volkswagen: over 2,000 vehicles affected in Estonia ({{commentsTotal}})

VW disclosed on Wednesday that there are over 2,000 cars and utility vehicles with "defeat device" on the Estonian roads.

Volkswagen, Europe’s largest car maker, is trying to cope with one of the biggest scandals the automotive industry has ever seen.

The scandal started to unravel on September 18, when the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that Volkswagen illegally installed software determined by the EPA to be a "defeat device", designed to circumvent environmental regulations on emissions of nitrogen oxides pollution by diesel-engined 2009 to 2015 model year Volkswagen- and Audi-branded cars. The company later admitted that 11 million vehicles with EA-189 VW diesel engines, including Seat and Skoda models, have been affected around the world.

VW said on September 30, after a week-long audit, that the issue concerns 1,511 cars and 530 utility vehicles, such as vans, in Estonia.

The company has not recalled the affected models yet. It said that “technical solutions” are underway and will be announced in October, while underlining again that “customers are able to continue to safely use their cars as part of their daily lives.” VW said that it will contact affected clients and repairs will be arranged.

It is unknown at this point how much the scandal will ultimately cost for the car company, but VW has so far confirmed that it plans to set aside a provision of some 6.5 billion euros, “to cover the necessary service measures and other efforts to win back the trust of its customers.” Some reports say that the lawsuits could cost VW up to 20 billion euros. The kick-off was on Wednesday, when Harris County in Texas, US, filed suit against Volkswagen AG, seeking almost 90 million euros (100 million dollars) for “damage to public health caused by its diesel vehicles.”

Some German analysts are also worried that the scandal will blemish not just the car company, but the entire “Made in Germany” brand, long known as standing for quality and trust – something that Volkswagen now has to recover.

Editor: S. Tambur



Opinion
Easter Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting productionEaster Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting production
Estonia’s Easter Monday time loop: Discussing an additional day off

Every year, Estonia reliably asks itself the question whether or not Easter Monday should be made a public holiday. Opinions differ. While one side emphasizes the importance of family time, the other thinks an additional day off would threaten economic growth.

Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).
Samost: Kaia Iva’s charisma could help IRL out of long-term low

In Sunday’s “Samost ja Rumm” radio debate show, editor-in-chief of ERR’s online news, Anvar Samost, and journalist and former politician Hannes Rumm discussed the potential and actual candidates for the chairmanship of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL). At the time of the broadcast, Helir-Valdor Seeder had not yet made his intention to run public.