Horn Testifies Before House Committee

Michael Horn, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., addressed the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations about the company's emissions scandal.

His opening statement to the committee included his own defense. He said he was not aware of the software issue, but he did assure the committee that the company takes full responsibility.

Subcommittee members, such as Diana DeGette of Colorado, pushed Horn for more details about the deception:

"You haven't revealed how the defeat device affects the engine, why it was installed and how it was able to evade emissions tests. You haven't revealed when and how the engines equipped with this defeat device will be fixed. And you haven't told us whether that fix will affect the fuel economy or performance of the vehicles."

Other members questioned whether this was VW's only "dirty little secret" and expressed concern about widespread deception in the auto industry.

Discussion Starters:

  • How convincing do you find Horn's opening statement?
  • I wish he had coaching to pronounce "vehicle" more clearly. Do you have trouble understanding other words?
  • Watch the full hearing. How well does Horn respond to questions? Which do you find particularly persuasive, and where does he fall short?