Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Volkswagen fined $1.18B for diesel emissions cheating

Diess Volkswagen's new CEO attends the Volkswagen Group's annual general meeting in Berlin German prosecutor hits Volkswagen with €1B Dieselgate fine
Priscilla Morrison | 14 June, 2018, 10:31

Volkswagen has been hit with another massive fine, adding another billion euros (~$1.2 billion USD) to the growing costs of the diesel emissions scandal.

The latest billion-dollar fine follows the car-maker being found guilty for similar offences in the USA, where VW agreed to pay $US4.3 billion ($A5.7b) to resolve both a criminal and civil charge.

The prosecutors said the penalty was "one of the highest fines ever imposed on a company in Germany" and stressed that it was unrelated to civil cases seeking compensation or ongoing criminal investigations against the people involved. "Volkswagen, by doing so, admits its responsibility for the diesel crisis".

Munich prosecutors this week widened an emissions cheating probe into VW's luxury brand Audi to include Chief Executive Rupert Stadler among the suspects accused of fraud and false advertising.

This follows the country's recall of 238,000 Daimler vehicles earlier this week as part of a larger, Europe-wide recall of 774,000 vehicles, and the German transport minister also threatened to sue Daimler for 3.75 billion euros should it be found to have used defeat devices in its diesel vehicles.

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The €1bn fine does, however, end regulatory offence proceedings against VW, which the Wolfsburg-based carmaker said it assumed would help to settle further administrative proceedings against it in Europe.

Hausfeld represents aggrieved VW owners and shareholders on both sides of the Atlantic.

Volkswagen has said that prosecutors in the German city of Braunschweig levied the £880m fine, saying the carmaker failed to properly oversee its engine development department's activities, resulting in about 10.7m diesel vehicles with illegal emissions-controlling software being sold worldwide.

Further steps would be taken to overcome the diesel cheating scandal and to restore trust in the company, Diess said.

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