Use Monkey to Test the Muffler, Daimler Fires Manager

Daimler's automaker fired executives representing it in an organization that regulates exhaust diesel engine test, using a monkey.

Daimler AG did not name the executive on the grounds of personal matters. It said the executive sat on the EUGT senior management board that has now been disbanded.

Volkswagen on Tuesday fired the head of external relations, who knew the experiment but did not inform the company CEO, who was then Martin Winterkorn.

Exhaust test the diesel engine was conducted in a laboratory in New Mexico, using monkeys exposed to exhaust from a Volkswagen diesel car to measure the success of diesel technology in reducing harmful emissions. The New York Times reported that the car was carved out to reduce emissions levels in testing. [ka/ii]