Will VW face criminal charges: My initial model


All the “criminal charges weighed” headlines were a month ago. No smoke no fire. Fugedaboutit, unless you can give me a reference on a press conference where Preet Bharara has his handcuffs out. [1][2] VW has been pretty quick to roll some heads and write an enormous check, the economy is highly unsteady right now, and Obama probably doesn’t want to look like a job-killer, which crushing VW would be for some US jobs. So No.

Not that I would by a VW since they decommissioned the original Beetle. A girlfriend I had 10 years ago bought a used VW from a Pennsylvania dealer for $10,000 and 2 days later the ABS light went on. The dealer told her to go jump. I hold manufacturers responsible for their licensed dealers, same as I hold McDonald’s responsible for the qualify of their China Burgers. [3] VW got a permanent 0 for me at that moment.

[1] http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-19/vw-clean-diesel-scheme-exposed-as-u-s-weighs-criminal-charges
[2] http://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/meet-us-attorney
[3] http://shanghaiist.com/2015/10/19/modern_china_burger_is_grey.php


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