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VW says will pay 1 bn euro German fine over emissions cheating

AFP  |  Berlin 

Auto giant said today it would pay a one billion euro (USD 1.2 billion) fine imposed by German prosecutors for diesel emissions cheating.

"The Braunschweig issues an administrative order against AG in the context of the diesel crisis and imposes a fine of EUR1 billion on AG", the company said in a statement.

The German said it had "accepted the fine" and would not lodge an appeal.

"Volkswagen AG, by doing so, admits its responsibility for the diesel crisis and considers this as a further major step towards the latter being overcome."

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.

The admitted in 2015 to fitting 11 million vehicles worldwide with "defeat devices" -- software designed to trick regulators into thinking cars met emissions standards.

In fact, output of harmful fine particulates and nitrogen oxides (NOx), which can cause respiratory and heart diseases, was far higher than legally permitted.

VW's admission had so far cost it more than 25 billion euros in buybacks, fines and compensation, and the company remains mired in legal woes at home and abroad.

VW's at the time of the diesel scandal stepped down soon after the broke, while successor was hastily replaced earlier this year.

Both are suspected of knowing earlier than they have so far admitted about the cheating, meaning they failed in their duty to inform investors in the about the financial risks.

US prosecutors also indicted Winterkorn last month saying he knew of the company's emissions cheating as early as May 2014 but decided to continue.

The "dieselgate" saga has cast a pall over Germany's vaunted car industry, with suspicions of emissions manipulation since spreading to other companies.

and Mercedes-owned have both had their offices raided by investigators searching for evidence of possible cheating.

In the spiralling scandal, ordered Monday the recall of some 774,000 vehicles across Europe, citing illegal

said in its statement that prosecutors had found that "monitoring duties had been breached ... in the context of vehicle tests".

This had led to 10.7 million cars "being advertised, sold to customers and placed on the market with an impermissible software function" in the US, and worldwide between mid-2007 and 2015, the company said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 00:20 IST
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