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Bosch had nothing to do with diesel-inhaling monkeys, CEO says

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I hope he's not taking me to the VW lab. Source: Picture Alliance.

Auto-parts supplier Bosch belonged to the organization in the middle of a new diesel-related scandal, but let its membership lapse in June 2013, Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner said.

The European Research Association on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector, or EUGT for short, was supposed to study the effects of traffic fumes on humans and the environment. But as was recently revealed, its real objective was to produce research that showed modern diesel cars were no longer as harmful as their predecessors. Along the way, animals were involved in the testing, including numerous monkeys, and then later humans.

Bosch let its membership in the EUGT lapse because of “a difference between expectations about the organization’s direction and the internal positions of the membership,” Mr. Denner said.

An odd remark considering Bosch was one of the founders of the EUGT in 2007, along with leading German car makers, Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler. The EUGT was disbanded by the remaining members last year.

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