VW sold pre-production test vehicles for years rather than crush them

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'It's a gigantic mistake': Thousands sold to unwitting customers since 2006

Automotive industry practice has long dictated that test cars will not make their way into the hands of customers. Rather, pre-production cars, test mules and cars like that will be retained by the factory and unceremoniously crushed. Even some press cars have the same fate, as they can be pre-production specification and vary from the final product.

However, it appears that Volkswagen has bent the rules somewhat.

The German Handelsblatt is reporting that Volkswagen sold some 6,700 test vehicles in Europe and the U.S, and the report was confirmed by a VW spokesperson.

The pre-production vehicles were made to "test and showcase" new models before official series production, and they should have been scrapped as they were not officially authorised to be on the road.

But as it turns out, they were sold as used cars instead. Some 4,000 of these cars were sold in Germany, from 2006 to 2018, meaning the practice went on until recently.

Handelsblatt cites an industry representative as saying, "It's a gigantic mistake."

Der Spiegel reported on Friday that current Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess was made aware of the practice in mid-2016, but it took this long to stop.

The cars have now been recalled, with VW citing safety concerns, and reports say that while some of the vehicles are hardly different from the final mass-produced models, some of them can differ from series production cars quite clearly, making it more difficult to maintain them in the long run.

And reportedly there wasn't clear documentation regarding every particular car's variance from series production, hindering possible compliance even further.

Der Spiegel also says that as many as 17,000 Volkswagen test cars were sold to customers, but VW only confirmed 6,700, as that amount was recalled.

The matter didn't extend to other VW brands like Audi, just Volkswagen.

German authorities are now deciding how to handle the issue, and whether the car-maker will be fined some thousands of euros per affected car.

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...on the other end of the spectrum, VWSA scrapped many a car built at their Uitenhage plant because of simple mistakes like botched paint jobs or misaligned body panels
 

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How VW illegally sold up to 17,000 pre production prototypes to customers | Auto Expert John Cadogan

I guess when you participate willingly in the systematic execution of up to 17 million people, nothing you do after that is ever really gonna seem that bad. The Christmas Volkswagen update is next.

The car company established by Adolf Hitler himself has made its way onto Santa’s ‘naughty’ list again for 2018. A hat trick! The gift that keeps on giving.

First there was dieselgate, in which those criminal Volkswagen cocks failed to resist the temptation for even more large-scale population gassing.

Then came monkey-gate, the scandal where Volkswagen put actual medical research monkeys into chambers and force-fed them diesel exhaust, in a pseudo-scientific PR exercise, which ultimately worked brilliantly, if their aim were to identify themselves to the world as the immoral arseholes they truly are.

But this time, no gassing, sadly, proving (perhaps) that all good things come to an end.

This time, the company has been caught with its lederhosen around its ankles, furiously exposing its engorged wedding vegetables to passing school busses - metaphorically - again. But without gas.

Let me explain. Santa is reported to be furious this week, and the elves have been instructed immediately to unload the Veuve Cliquot and unwrap high-class hookers who were, until recently, bound for the Volkswagen boardroom this Christmas.

That’s how they like them: Bound. That sounds OK. Can I have a job as Santa’s little helper? The Fat Man, reporting for hooker unwrapping duty. Keen to get started right away.

The morally questionable decision this time was to sell thousands of uncertifiable pre-production Volkswagen shitheaps to people still dumb enough to have those German cocks on their shopping list in 2018, in North America and Europe.

See, when a car-maker R&Ds a car, they make hundreds of prototypes - vehicles never designed to be registered, which are instead used for all kinds of internal testing and validation.

Der Speigel - a Teutonic newspaper - is reporting 6,700 of these non-compliant prototypes have been illegally sold in both regions over the past decade. This was quickly upgraded to 17,000 off the back of internal Volkswagen documentation, which has, predictably enough, come to light.

Strangely, for ze Chermans, there appear to be no record as to what is actually wrong with each fraudulently fobbed off, pre-production shitheap. They’re on the road now, however.

But of course the monkey spankers’ external relations bullshit machine is humming along. These cars aren’t illegal, it seems.

According to Volkswagen communications shitheads, they just have (quote) “unclear construction status”.

That’s like saying Monica wasn’t giving Bill Oval Office blowjobs - their pants-down interaction just had ‘unclear intercourse status’.

So, the monkey spankers began secretly selling these non-compliant shitheaps to dealers in 2006, and ze Cherman press is reporting this week’s Volkswagen Group boss, Herbert Diess, knew all about it in 2016, but spent two years playing pocket billiards on the issue (metaphorically) before coming clean in 2018.

How friggin’ cathartic that must have been. Of course, just like cheating emissions laws and gassing monkeys (and falling over in the sauna and landing in the boss’s personal assistant) selling non-compliant shitheaps is something you simply cannot do by accident.

So it’ll be interesting to see who gets thrown under the bus this time.

Another self-inflicted wound [LOOK DOWN] down there, for those Volkswagen mother-lovers, and just in time for Christmas (yesssss!).

And the happy new year outlook appears to include a fresh new round of government fines and class action lawsuits from aggrieved owners. The shareholders might not agree, therefore, that it is the season to be jolly.

 
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