2015 the start of the diesel emissions scandal

The diesel emissions scandal rocked the auto industry in 2015 when the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a “notice of violation” of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen. Read the full notice to VW on the website of the US Environmental Protection Agency: https://www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2015-10/documents/vw-nov-caa-09-18-15.pdf

Since then, governments in Western Europe, including the UK, found VW and other car brands in breach of various environmental regulations and consumer protections, opening the way for multiple civil lawsuits against the industry.