I didn't see anyone bring up how VW and other companies have lost their integrity. We know those that code "bad things" may lack a moral compass but when I've worked in large groups or companies not once was there any question about doing the job in a dishonest way.
Maybe I'm just lucky to have worked with great people in many companies for decades. Mind you I never worked in conditions I've seen in some outsourced sites in Asia and Russia.
I had hope that some story would pop up telling us that the software in question was some test version that a manager decided to use and the programmers were not complicit but the story so far reads like a corporate culture gone bad story.