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  2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
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Volkswagen Caught Cheating on Emissions Tests

dateline: 29 September 2015

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • manufacturer: maker
  • emissions test: a clean air test; calculates how much pollution a vehicle releases into the air
  • defeat: to beat or win
  • detect: to notice or find
  • passing grade: a performance mark that meets the minimum requirement
  • recall: a request for a consumer to return an item for a refund or repair; usually due to a safety concern or parts failure
  • reputation: the general view or belief about someone or something

Volkswagen Caught Cheating on Emissions Tests

Volkswagen, the world’s largest car manufacturer, has been cheating on US emissions tests. Up to 11 million Volkswagen diesel cars with defeat devices have been sold worldwide. The , which can detect emissions test equipment, switches a diesel car’s engine to a clean low-performance mode during an e-test. When the car returns to the road with passing grade, it switches back to regular mode, releasing up to 40 times the legal of nitrogen oxide. With fines, recalls, and the company’s reputation at stake, this scandal could the company over 30 billion dollars.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why was this part installed in diesel cars sold in the US?
  2. What happens after these cars illegally pass the emissions tests?
  3. Why was getting caught so costly for Volkswagen?

Discussion Questions: Volkswagen employs over 270,000 workers and is one of Germany’s largest employees. Do you think this will have a major effect on the country’s economy?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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