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Nissan CEO Weighs in on VW “Dieselgate” Scandal: ‘Be Extremely Open’

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Carlos Ghosn

Since it was revealed that Volkswagen placed devices specifically made to fool laboratory emissions tests, the automotive industry has been rocked by a wild storm of investigations and commentary.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn took part in the last of these, implying that many people at VW must have known about the cheating devices, because it would be very difficult to internally conceal an effort to falsify emissions data.

“I don’t think you can do something like this hiding in the bushes,” said Ghosn.

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Ghosn was surprised that the VW scandal was uncovered by an independent study rather than an internal whistleblower .

In addition, Ghosn told Reuters, this new scandal has raised the new issue of whether or not consumers can trust global automakers. Now, Ghosn said, other global producers will certainly face scrutiny over their practices, especially following a long string of major recalls and scandals, like the deadly GM ignition switch recall.

This will also be met with a strong response from a regulatory body which has already been shamed at its failures in the near past, so will attack the scandal with fervor.

So, in order to respond to the scandal, Ghosn had the following advice for all auto makers: “Be extremely open.”

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News Source: Reuters via Yahoo