A major motor manufacturer mis-states the efficiency of huge numbers of cars. We all wonder what the remedy is.
When a vehicle is put on the road the manufacturer submits its specification to the DOT(? as was), and a type approval certificate issued. Without that certificate, cars cannot be sold. If the certificate was obtained by deception?
Would it be deception. A test was performed and the results were obtained. The fact that the 'test' fails to represent the real world of driving is not a failure on the part of the vehicle manufacturer.
As I understand, the test was not conducted by the vehicle manufacturer, but by the relevant government department: is there not a good argument that it is their fault? If I understand correctly, the alleged cheating is that the car detects that it is being tested and so drives as economically as it can: it is therefore a fair test of the emission levels that the car is capable of producing.
ETA I see TPH makes that point on the other thread.
tph wrote:I'm not sure 'cheat' is the right word. The computer in the car is set to perform optimally during conditions which are the test is based on. I would not consider that cheating.
If this is an option that the user can choose to engage, then I can see no grounds to call it cheating. The question might be how deeply hidden in the small print of the advanced user manual can it be for that to still be a valid argument?