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Volkswagen Pleads Guilty to Three Felony Counts in Diesel Scandal

Judge agrees to consider motion from owners.

by on Mar.10, 2017

Volkswagen AG pleaded guilty to three felony counts in U.S. District Court in Detroit today.

This story has been updated with new information.

Volkswagen AG pleaded guilty to three felony counts in U.S. District court in Detroit as part of a $4.3 billion settlement with the Department of Justice.

The guilty pleas were a first for VW, which had never pleaded guilty to any criminal charges before — ever, according to VW officials.

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“Your honor, VW AG is pleading guilty to all three counts because it is guilty on all three counts,” said VW general counsel Manfred Doess while entering plea on the company’s behalf. He flew from Germany to Detroit for the trial. (more…)

VW Crawls Closer to Diesel Resolution with $4.3B Settlement

Any deal would preclude authorities arresting employees.

by on Jan.11, 2017

Volkswagen is inching closer to closing the books on its diesel emissions scandal with a $4.3 billion settlement.

Volkswagen AG appears to be one very expensive step closer to winding up its diesel emissions scandal case in the U.S. after agreeing to pay a $4.3 billion settlement for the impact of rigging its diesels to cheat U.S. requirements.

The proposed deal with the U.S. Justice Department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection forces VW to enter a guilty plea regarding “certain U.S. criminal-law provisions.” Also the agreement, which isn’t final yet, forces the automaker to be subject to an independent monitor for the next three years.

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VW officials said the settlement “is still subject to the approval by the management board and the supervisory board of Volkswagen AG.” The Justice Department declined to comment. (more…)

VW, Feds Get Extension on Diesel Settlement Negotiations

Breyer notes that talks are "complicated."

by on Dec.19, 2016

Volkswagen and federal regulators received an extension their deadline to reach a settlement on VW's 3.0-liter diesel engine emissions scandal.

Volkswagen AG and Bosch GmbH got very different types of news today about the same problem: how much they’re going to pay to resolved the emission cheat scandal for VW’s diesel engines in the U.S.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer gave the automaker and federal regulators until Friday in what he termed a “final” extension on the deadline he set for the parties to work out a settlement on 80,000 vehicles equipped with the 3.0-liter diesel engines that failed to meet U.S. emissions standards.

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In granting the extension, Breyer noted that the discussions were complicated, but that he was optimistic they would reach a deal by Friday. The deal was supposed to be done last Friday. (more…)

VW Awaits Judge’s Ruling on 3.0-Liter Diesel Punishment

Maker expected to pay at least $200 million in fines.

by on Dec.16, 2016

Volkswagen is expected to pay at least $200 million to offset the emission violations for its 3.0-liter diesel in the U.S.

The other shoe is scheduled to drop on Volkswagen AG today as a federal judge in San Francisco is expected to rule on the proposed settlement to resolve the issues surrounding the German maker’s 3.0-liter diesel engine.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer is expected to issue a decision about the automaker’s plans to fix or buyback about 80,000 of the affected diesel-powered vehicles: 20,000 will be bought while the remaining 60,000 Audis and VW SUVs will be repaired.

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The same judge already approved a deal costing VW about $10 billion to fix or buy nearly 475,000 vehicles powered by 2.0-liter diesel engines. The overall plan involving those engines will cost VW $14.7 billion in fees, fines and other future actions in addition to the repairs and buybacks. (more…)

VW Struggling to Shake Off Emissions Scandal

Automaker wrestling with finding solution.

by on Feb.22, 2016

As part of its restitution proposal, the U.S. government is pushing VW to build EVs at its Tennessee plant.

Volkswagen is finding it increasingly difficult to find a path out of the legal morass created by the fallout from the emission scandal that has enveloped the German automaker since late last summer.

Manager Magazin, one of Germany’s leading business publications, reported over the weekend that VW’s senior executives believe it could take until late March, at the earliest, to come up with some kind of settlement with U.S. officials over charges the company cheated emissions tests by equipping nearly a half million cars with a “defeat” device to avoid meeting U.S. standards.

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Negotiations have stalled because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is “demanding a long distance test of a technical solution proposed by Volkswagen,” the magazine reported. (more…)

California Wants Diesel Fix Answers from VW Next Month

Compliant vehicles still outperform EPA mileage ratings.

by on Oct.12, 2015

Michael Horn, head of VW of America, is going to have to tell the California Air Resources Board how the company will fix its diesels by Nov. 20, 2015.

As VW of America chief Michael Horn explained he didn’t know how the diesel cheating could happen to a dais of angry U.S. congressmen, the California Air Resources Board informed VW it better have a plan in place to fix the problem by Nov. 20.

The deadline comes 45 days after the automaker received a compliance letter on Sept. 18 regarding the diesel issue. Not only that, it appears that California officials are going to start testing other diesels from automakers other than VW to ensure they are compliant.

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Thus far, no other automakers have come forward or been caught failing to meet federal or state emissions standards or cheating to make them. VW estimates that it may have as many as 11 million diesels with the cheating software in the U.S. (more…)

Overwhelmed by Cheating Scandal, VW’s Winterkorn Resigns

Exec could still face potential legal troubles, along with VW.

by on Sep.23, 2015

VW CEO Martin Winterkorn announced his resignation today as part of an effort to be transparent.

Tall, gruff and stern, Martin Winterkorn was precisely the sort of executive that Volkswagen AG favored, first and foremost an engineer. In this case, one who seemed readily capable of understanding even the most arcane technical details of every car within the vast VW empire of more than a dozen brands.

As the automaker’s one-time head of engineering, that may, ironically, have been a key factor that forced his resignation on Wednesday, less than a week after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accused VW of cheating on diesel emissions testing. Few who know Winterkorn, or the VW way of doing business, could imagine that the 68-year-old executive wasn’t at least peripherally aware of problems.

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While not directly linked, Winterkorn stepped down ahead of this week’s VWAG board meeting, stating that, “As CEO I accept responsibility for the irregularities that have been found in diesel engines and have therefore requested the Supervisory Board to agree on terminating my function as CEO of the Volkswagen Group. (more…)

VW Chief Winterkorn Facing Multi-Billion Dollar Crisis

Diesel emission manipulation could cost CEO his job.

by on Sep.22, 2015

VW CEO Martin Winterkorn may face another round of fighting with Ferdinand Piech, who try to get him fired earlier this year.

Having survived an epic boardroom struggle for power last spring, Martin Winterkorn, VW’s chief executive officer, faces a powerful new challenge to his grip on the automotive giant: the diesel emission scandal that could cost the German maker billions of dollars.

“I, personally, am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public,” Winterkorn said.

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After apologizing, he admitted that engineers developed software purposely designed to defeat emission tests in the U.S. The new controversy may give his former boardroom adversary, Ferdinand Piech, a reason to return. (more…)