Sohn: What was Volkswagen thinking?

Water beads up on the VW insignia on the hood of a Karmann Ghia at Bug-a-Palooza, an event for Volkswagen enthusiasts put on by Scenic City Volks Folks, on Sunday, Apr. 19, 2015, in East Ridge, Tenn. The event benefits the Ronald McDonald House in Chattanooga.

The same Volkswagen company that Chattanoogans can credit for helping turn a 7,000-acre brownfield into the world's greenest auto plant and one of the globe's most environmentally friendly factories is now apologizing for deliberately cheating American pollution regulations.

It's hard to wrap our heads around such diametrically opposed actions.

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