Ex-Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn charged over diesel emissions scandal

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Martin Winterkorn has been charged over his involvement in the company’s diesel emissions scandal. The public prosecutor in Braunschweig charged former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and four other managers with alleged fraud. Volkswagen stated it would not discuss the indictments. Winterkorn is currently facing criminal charges in the US, but is not likely to face […]

German prosecutors looks into possible fine for supplier Bosch

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Prosecutors in Stuttgart, Germany, are looking into a possible fine for auto supplier Robert Bosch for dealing Volkswagen with engine management software that the automaker used to cheat vehicle emissions tests. Volkswagen has paid out over 27 billion euros ($31 billion) in fines for using illegal software to disguise excessive levels of pollution from its […]

U.S. grand jury indicts four Audi managers in emissions probe

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A federal grand jury in Detroit on Thursday indicted four managers at Volkswagen AG’s luxury Audi unit as part of the government’s probe into the German automaker’s diesel emissions cheating scandal, according to court documents. VW admitted in September 2015 to secretly setting up software in almost 500,000 U.S. vehicles to cheat government exhaust emissions […]

Volkswagen may have to step up electric car strategies to meet EU CO2 targets

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Volkswagen may have to step up its strategies for mass production of electric vehicles in order to satisfy tougher-than-expected European targets to slash greenhouse emissions from vehicles, its chief executive stated on Tuesday. The remarks came following the European Union agreed to curb CO2 emissions from vehicles by 37.5 percent by 2030, and follow warnings […]

Baden-Wuerttemberg plans to sue Volkswagen over diesel scandal

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The German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg plans to take legal action against Volkswagen over the automaker’s cheating of emissions tests, newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) noted on Monday. The federal state’s bodies, consisting of police forces, bought Volkswagen vehicles that were geared up with a device to rig diesel emissions tests and the paper quoted a […]

Volkswagen terminates Audi CEO’s contract amid emissions investigation

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Volkswagen has terminated Audi CEO Rupert Stadler’s contract against the backdrop of a criminal probe into whether he participated in emissions cheating by the German group. Munich prosecutors are probing Stadler and another member of Audi’s senior management for alleged fraud and misleading advertising associated to illegal emissions by its cars and manipulation of automobile […]

Volkswagen ex-CEO, Bosch CEO not expected to testify in Stuttgart trial: judge

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Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner are no more expected to testify in a trial brought against the automaker’s main shareholder Porsche SE by investors, according to a judge. Majority of the two dozen witnesses called in the case have invoked their right to reject to provide evidence, Judge Fabian Richter […]

German consumer body to submit Volkswagen class action suit over diesel tests

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Volkswagen is going to face another class action lawsuit for its rigging of diesel emissions tests, this time in Germany as the country introduces a new law in November. State-financed consumer protection organization vzbv stated on Wednesday it would manage “pioneering work” with motorists’ lobby group ADAC by filing for damages on behalf of vehicle […]

Germany rejects Bild report on Volkswagen petrol cars, no indication of fraud so far

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Germany’s Transport Ministry stated on Sunday there was no recent news in a Bild am Sonntag report that Volkswagen engineers informed investigators certain petrol engines in Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche automobiles can be used to manipulate emissions tests. The ministry informed to Reuters that the newspaper report pertained to accusations that the Federal Motor Transport […]

Volkswagen yet to assure emission fix does not impair cars, says EU

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European consumer officials criticized Volkswagen on Tuesday for no guarantee that repairs after the Dieselgate scandal would not impact cars’ performance. EU officials have asked the automaker to do more to compensate European consumers after it admitted to U.S. regulators in September 2015 that it had cheated on emissions tests there utilizing software installed in […]

Volkswagen assigns $25 billion in battery orders for electric vehicles

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Volkswagen has selected partners to provide battery cells and associated technology worth around 20 billion euros ($25 billion) for its growing electric vehicle program, including additional pressure on U.S. pioneer Tesla. Till its “dieselgate” emissions scandal was revealed two and a half years earlier, Europe’s largest automaker had been slow to welcome electric vehicles. But […]