In Brief: Fresh allegations for Volkswagen in the diesel scandal

The latest development in the VW diesel scandal: German broadcaster Südwestrundfunk says new engines produced by Volkswagen also have emissions cheating software installed. If true, engines in several other car brands could also be holding the illegal tech. More in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.

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New allegations for Volkswagen. According to an investigation by Germany’s southwest broadcaster, Südwestrundfunk (SWR), VW has continued to install illegal devices in new diesel engines.

The technology can automatically detect exhaust tests. In 2015, Volkswagen admitted that 11 million vehicles had been equipped with software capable of cheating results for emission standards. Broadcaster SWR says according to confidential VW documents, modern Volkswagen diesel engines with Euro 6 emissions standards are affected.

A spokesman for Volkswagen has denied the allegation, and would not comment on the documents, citing their confidential status.


Berlin police have declared a partial success in the search for automobile arsonists. A group of investigators called the “night watch” say they have arrested a suspected serial arsonist.

The 30-year-old was caught in the act in Hamburg. He admitted to setting three cars on fire in Berlin, in Tiergarten and Wilmersdorf. The police say he may be responsible for 28 other cases across the city. They also say the suspect had long been the target of investigators. More than 300 cars have been set on fire in Berlin this year.


The energy company E.ON has reported that there’s been a significant increase in sunshine in Germany over the last five years, making several areas more attractive as potential locations for producing solar energy.

The increases varied greatly across German cities. Düsseldorf recorded an average of 128 additional hours of sunshine in the last five years, while here in Berlin an increase of only 46 additional hours of sunshine was logged.

For its calculations, the energy group evaluated figures from the German Weather Service and compared the period from 2014 to 2018 with data from 2009 to 2013.


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