Oh, Canada! VW Owners North of the Border Sue the Automaker for $1 Billion

Saying Canada depends heavily on what the EPA does in the U.S., every VW car in the U.S. had to pass emissions testing to receive a “certificate of conformity,” something Canadian authorities watched for in allowing cars to be sold in that country. The diesel cars did receive certificates to be sold, but only because VW was cheating the system by using defeat devices.

Volkswagen desperately wanted to be the largest automaker in the world, and they did it. But in the process they deceived customers into paying a premium for “clean diesel” vehicles, intentionally committees fraud by skirting emissions regulations, and negligently poisoned the planet by producing NOx levels up to 40x higher than what was allowed.

Hope it was worth it.