Volkswagen's Michael Horn says cheating on emissions was not a corporate decision, but something ''individuals did.'' Fred Katayama reports.
Volkswagen's top U.S. executive, appearing on Capitol Hill, said individuals, not the company, are responsible for the emissions-cheating scandal. Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn: (SOUNDBITE) MICHAEL HORN, PRESIDENT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA (ENGLISH) SAYING: "This was a couple of software engineers who put this in for whatever reasons." But U.S. lawmakers not buying it. Republican Congressman Joe Barton pressed for details on how the scandal unfolded. (SOUNDBITE) JOE BARTON, REPUBLICAN MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, REPRESENTING TEXAS (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Do you really believe, as good and as well-rounded as Volkswagen has always been, that senior-level corporate managers, administrators had no knowledge for years and years?" (SOUNDBITE) MICHAEL HORN, PRESIDENT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA (ENGLISH) SAYING: " I agree, it's hard to believe. And, personally, I struggle as well." It was the first public questioning in the U.S. of a VW executive since the scandal erupted. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said last month Volkswagen had fitted some of its diesel cars with software capable of cheating emissions tests. Horn told lawmakers he first learned about the problem on September 3rd. The German automaker said Wednesday it has withdrawn its certification application in the U.S. for some 2016 model year diesel-powered vehicles.