Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal

Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal

by Jack Ewing


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A shocking exposé of Volkswagen’s fraud by the New York Times reporter who covered the scandal.

In mid-2015, Volkswagen proudly reached its goal of surpassing Toyota as the world’s largest automaker. A few months later, the EPA disclosed that Volkswagen had installed software in 11 million cars that deceived emissions-testing mechanisms. By early 2017, VW had settled with American regulators and car owners for $20 billion, with additional lawsuits still looming. In Faster, Higher, Farther, Jack Ewing rips the lid off the conspiracy. He describes VW’s rise from “the people’s car” during the Nazi era to one of Germany’s most prestigious and important global brands, touted for being “green.” He paints vivid portraits of Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piëch and chief executive Martin Winterkorn, arguing that the corporate culture they fostered drove employees, working feverishly in pursuit of impossible sales targets, to illegal methods. Unable to build cars that could meet emissions standards in the United States honestly, engineers were left with no choice but to cheat. Volkswagen then compounded the fraud by spending millions marketing “clean diesel,” only to have the lie exposed by a handful of researchers on a shoestring budget, resulting in a guilty plea to criminal charges in a landmark Department of Justice case. Faster, Higher, Farther reveals how the succeed-at-all-costs mentality prevalent in modern boardrooms led to one of corporate history’s farthest-reaching cases of fraud—with potentially devastating consequences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393254501
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jack Ewing has covered business and economics from Frankfurt for The New York Times since 2010. He has worked as a journalist in Germany since 1994, including over a decade as a BusinessWeek correspondent.

Table of Contents

Building an Empire: Volkswagen's Path to World Domination ix

The Porsche and Piëch Families and Volkswagen xi

Chapter 1 Road Trip 1

Chapter 2 The Grandson 5

Chapter 3 Renaissance 19

Chapter 4 The Scion 27

Chapter 5 Chief Executive 33

Chapter 6 By All Means Necessary 50

Chapter 7 Enforcers 67

Chapter 8 Impossible Doesn't Exist 82

Chapter 9 Labor Relations 100

Chapter 10 The Cheat 112

Chapter 11 The Porsches and the Piëchs 129

Chapter 12 Clean Diesel 145

Chapter 13 Enforcers II 159

Chapter 14 On the Road 166

Chapter 15 Exposure 176

Chapter 16 Piëch's Fall 186

Chapter 17 Confession 192

Chapter 18 Empire 201

Chapter 19 Aftermath 211

Chapter 20 Justice 224

Chapter 21 Punishment 249

Chapter 22 Faster, Higher, Farther 259

Epilogue 265

Acknowledgments 275

Notes 277

Index 317

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