VW cops $1.5bn fine

Ger­man au­thor­i­ties slug car maker over emis­sions scan­dal

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - WORLD -

AU­TOMAKER Volk­swa­gen says it’s be­ing fined 1 bil­lion eu­ros ($1.550 bil­lion) by Ger­man au­thor­i­ties in con­nec­tion with the diesel emis­sions scan­dal.

Volk­swa­gen said in a state­ment on Wed­nes­day that it would ac­cept the fine im­posed by pros­e­cu­tors in the Ger­man city of Braun­schweig.

Pros­e­cu­tors con­cluded that Volk­swa­gen failed to prop­erly over­see the ac­tiv­ity of its en­gine devel­op­ment depart­ment, re­sult­ing in some 10.7 mil­lion diesel ve­hi­cles with il­le­gal emis­sions-con­trol­ling soft­ware be­ing sold world­wide.

The scan­dal, which came to light in the United States in 2015, has al­ready cost the Ger­man au­tomaker bil­lions in penal­ties im­posed by US au­thor­i­ties.

Volk­swa­gen said it hoped that pay­ing the Ger­man fine would have “pos­i­tive ef­fects on other of­fi­cial pro­ceed­ings be­ing con­ducted in Europe against Volk­swa­gen” and its sub­sidiaries.

It comes af­ter Ger­man pros­e­cu­tors raided the home of Ru­pert Stadler, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Volk­swa­gen sub­sidiary Audi, over sus­pi­cion of fraud re­lated to diesel emis­sions cheat­ing by the firm.

“Since May 30 the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Audi Pro­fes­sor Ru­pert Stadler and an­other mem­ber of the cur­rent ex­ec­u­tive board have been re­garded as sus­pects,” pros­e­cu­tors in Bavar­ian cap­i­tal Mu­nich said in a state­ment.

“They are each ac­cused of fraud as well as in­di­rectly fal­si­fy­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tions. This re­lates to bring­ing diesel ve­hi­cles fit­ted with ma­nip­u­la­tive emis­sions man­age­ment soft­ware into cir­cu­la­tion on the Euro­pean mar­ket.”

The lat­est probe fol­lows a mass re­call or­dered by Ger­man au­thor­i­ties ear­lier this month of some 60,000 Audi A6 and A7 cars across Europe to re­move il­le­gal emis­sions con­trol soft­ware, while pros­e­cu­tors raided of­fices and the homes of some work­ers in Fe­bru­ary, March and April.

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