Volkswagen is one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world. For years the company has focused on producing attractive and environmentally friendly automobiles, and recent initiatives have included a project to reduce CO2 production, along with advertisements claiming lower emission of greenhouse gases. The world was shocked to hear that Volkswagen had been producing diesel engines for its cars that were able to trick emissions testing equipment. The engines were producing many times the EPA standards for emissions, yet they passed emission tests. This case provides detailed information about the scandal as well as information about the history, operations, and stated values of Volkswagen, as well as some of the early actions of the company to deal with the scandal.
Copyright © 2016 Jeffrey S. Harrison. This case study first appeared in the Robins Case Network, 2016.
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Blackwelder, Britt, Katherine Coleman, Sara Colunga-Santoyo, Jeffrey S. Harrison, and Danielle Wozniak. The Volkswagen Scandal. Case Study. University of Richmond: Robins School of Business, 2016.