You can't help but wonder, "What the heck were Volkswagen executives thinking?" The No. 1 automaker rigged millions of diesel cars with software that fooled emissions testing devices. That software made it seem its vehicles were meeting environmental agency guidelines.
What's the best-case scenario they could've imagined? If they were hellbent on becoming the most popular car in the world, they did achieve that. Earlier this year, Volkswagen overtook Toyota as the best-selling automaker worldwide. Volkswagen also makes Audi, Porsche and other car brands.
But did they even ponder the consequences? They've been incredibly severe, with governments around the world expected to sue them for tens of billions of dollars. The company earlier this month reported a $1.9 billion quarterly loss, compared to a profit of $3 billion last year.
Yet, the very worst-case scenario these executives should have envisioned is the deaths of innocent people. So far, 59 people have prematurely died as a result of Volkswagen rigging its emissions.