Volvo V90 R-Design Location

Volvo V90 R-Design Location

Volvo Cars has been suspicious of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions performance as many as seven years ago. A senior executive in Volvo told CarAdvice that even so, the company did not have enough proof to question the German carmaker then.

According to Kent Falck, a 29-year Volvo veteran, the Swedish carmaker couldn’t fathom at the time how Volkswagen was able to meet the stringent US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations to sell diesel engines, when its own developers could not.

The company believed then that German group had developed an innovative proprietary system that enabled it to do so. However, all become clear when it was revealed that Volkswagen was using “defeat devices” to cheat emissions tests.

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“How many diesel cars have we sold in the US up to today? Zero. We can’t meet EPA. No one can,” Falck told a small group of Australian media including CarAdvice. “We have the same suppliers (as Volkswagen), we have Bosch, we have Denso, we are working with the same partners. So we know that the technology doesn’t exist,” he added.

Falck also acknowledged when asked if it was an open secret in the car industry that Volkswagen might be up to no good. “We sat in a room and reviewed all the facts and figures with specialists, we couldn’t manage it. How were others doing it, we didn’t know,” he said.

On the matter of Volvo’s future, Falck stated that Volvo’s new range of four-cylinder petrol engines from the XC90, S90 and V90, would likely be its last internal combustion units. From 2025 onwards, all its powertrains will either be plug-in hybrids or pure electric vehicles (EVs).