VW CEO Martin Winterkorn steps down amid emission scandal

VW CEO Martin Winterkorn steps down amid emission scandal

German automaker Volkswagen (VW)'s CEO Martin Winterkorn has stepped down amid the company's emission scandal. The automaker allegedly rigged the vehicle emissions tests in the US to enable its diesel cars to pass the tests.

Though VW has admitted using "defeat device" software on its diesel cars to evade US emissions tests, Winterkorn has denied any wrongdoing on his part. Nonetheless, he submitted his resignation on Wednesday, September 23.

The emission scandal which has hit VW was brought to light by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPS) last week. The agency had found that approximately 482,000 of VW's diesel cars in the US are equipped with "defeat device" software to circumvent the Clean Air Act in the country.

According to the EPA, the issue involves four-cylinder engines Volkswagen or Audi cars which were sold in the US during the period between 2009 and 2015. The automaker has ordered those models not be sold.

The VW emission scandal played out on Wednesday when the automaker's CEO Winterkorn stepped down. Winterkorn's resignation comes after VW admitted earlier this week that nearly 11 million of its diesel cars across the world are equipped with software used to cheat on emissions tests.

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