Halloween online superstore just made the Volkswagen TDI Dieselgate Scandal into a Halloween costume.
Less than two weeks after one of arguably the biggest scandals to hit the automotive world, it’s now been parodied as a Halloween costume of sorts. Earlier last week (Oct. 1, 2015) HalloweenCostumes.com published a DIY blog article utilizing one of its preexsisting costumes and a couple of “around the house items” to make a Halloween Costume clearly mocking whats become an epic screw-up by one of the worlds largest auto makers. Supposedly it takes three easy steps and the instructions even come with a step-by-step on how to make your own exhaust cloud.
In a year with too many scandals, tasteless costumes, and unfortunate news stories to count on all your fingers and toes, this is just par for the course. The real challenge is finding a way to take something so abstract and make it a tangible outfit. Consider our suggestions on how to put together a Volkswagen DieselGate Scandal costume, if you want to be the “Oh, I get it” Halloween 2015 partygoer that starts conversations. (*Note: these conversations may be uncomfortable!)
If you’re going to be wearing this costume, you’d better brush up on what exactly went down. We’ve posted a couple of links that should help you out below but here it is in a nutshell. Upper management and engineers in Volkswagen’s TDI development team knowingly placed software in their TDI equipped vehicles that allowed the car to recognize when it was being tested and thus would turn on its full suite of emissions devices aimed at detuning the engine to pass emissions. In normal everyday driving, the software would disable the emissions testing mode and none would be the wiser.