WASHINGTON — U.S. lawmakers castigated Volkswagen on Monday after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is expanding its investigation of the German automaker's diesel-emissions scandal to include additional Porsche, VW and Audi models with 3.0-liter six-cylinder engines.
"Volkswagen should be held accountable for illegally using defeat devices to cheat consumers and emissions controls," said Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) in a statement. "The administration should reverse any CAFE or other benefits VW might have enjoyed as a result of illegal behavior.
"We commend EPA for holding VW accountable for their actions and for protecting the air we breathe from pollution."
House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders expressed outrage after Monday's EPA announcement.
"The latest revelations raise the question, where does VW's road of deceit end?" said Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-Co.) in a statement. "The EPA expanding its investigation prompts questions regarding the prevalence of the emissions cheating and how it went undetected for so long.
"Our bipartisan investigation continues — it's time for Volkswagen to come fully clean."
Volkswagen Group of America posted the following message on its diesel-information microsite: "We received notice from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Nov. 2, 2015 regarding certain 3.0L V6 engines. It contains allegations we take very seriously and we are fully cooperating with the agency."
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that some 2014-?16 Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi vehicles with 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engines also contain illegal "defeat devices" designed to skirt U.S. clean-air standards.
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