VW wriggling on the legal hook over Dieselgate

It seems that VW are wriggling on the hook and trying to get off with installing the Dieselgate cheating software on their vehicles:
UK drivers fight for VW 'dieselgate' compensation
In 2015, VW admitted 11 million cars worldwide - including 1.2 million in the UK - had software that reduced readings of emissions in tests. However, the UK hearing, expected to last two weeks, centres on whether that software constitutes a "defeat device" under EU regulations.

There are several possible definitions of "device" depending on the particular dictionary e.g.
  1. a thing made or adapted for a particular purpose, especially a piece of mechanical or electronic equipment.
  2. a plan, method, or trick with a particular aim.
  3. a piece of equipment or a mechanism designed to serve a special purpose or perform a special function
  4. something devised or contrived
  5. a crafty scheme; trick.
Now it seems to me that within the broad definition of "device" the ECU which contains an electonic programme essential to function would be a "device".

No doubt the lawyers will have a field day and make lots of money.
 
They should drop a line to the Ferrari F1 team-they'll have that nonsense sorted out in half a day.

Something along the lines of, 'These are not the defeat devices that you're looking for.'
 

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