Volkswagen diesel scandal

  • Martin Winterkorn

    Former Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn has been charged in Germany over his alleged involvement in the automaker's diesel scandal, prosecutors confirmed to Bloomberg on Monday. The charges were for fraud and breach of trust. Winterkorn, who was among the first to step down when details of the emissions cheating first became public in September 2015, was charged alongside four other former managers, though none of the others were named. The 71-year-old was charged with conspiracy by the U.S. Department of Justice in May 2018 but since he resides in Germany, which doesn't normally...

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    US indicts 4 former Audi execs over diesel scandal

    A federal grand jury in Detroit on Thursday indicted four former executives at Audi over their alleged involvement in the Volkswagen Group's diesel emissions cheating scandal, according to court documents obtained by Bloomberg. They include Richard Bauder, Axel Eiser, Stefan Knirsch and Carsten...

  • Bram Schot
    Bram Schot officially replaces Rupert Stadler as Audi CEO

    Audi on Wednesday confirmed Bram Schot will serve as its new CEO starting January 1, 2019. Schot, currently the sales and marketing boss at the German automaker, has served as interim CEO since June. He was asked to take over after former CEO Rupert Stadler was arrested in relation to a German...

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    Former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler released from prison

    Former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was released from a German prison this week after spending four months behind bars. While never charged, Stadler was taken into custody over concerns he would suppress evidence related to a German investigation into the Volkswagen Group diesel emissions cheating...

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    German prosecutors fine Audi $927M over diesel scandal

    German prosecutors served Audi a $927 million fine for violating diesel emission regulations in Europe. Specifically, the fine pertains to 6- and 8-cylinder diesel engines that did not comply with emissions laws, Reuters reported Tuesday. The massive fine prompted Audi to cut key financial...

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    Audi CEO Rupert Stadler terminated over dieselgate

    Volkswagen on Tuesday terminated Audi Chief Executive Officer Rupert Stadler after lengthy discussions between the automaker's legal team and its board of directors. Stadler, who has been jailed since June in Germany, was also stripped of his position on VW's board of management. "Due to his...

  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 2012 New York Auto Show

    Porsche wasn't able to avoid the recent diesel emissions scandal that afflicted a number of Volkswagen Group brands, with a diesel version of its popular Cayenne SUV among the vehicles fitted with emissions cheating software. With regulators now tightening emissions standards and placing extra scrutiny on diesel emissions in particular, Porsche has decided that it will no longer offer the engines. “There won’t be any more diesel cars from Porsche in the future,” CEO Oliver Blume confirmed in an interview with Germany's Bild am Sonntag published Saturday. The confirmation...

  • Wolfgang Hatz
    Former Audi and Porsche exec Wolfgang Hatz released from jail

    Veteran Volkswagen Group engineer Wolfgang Hatz has been released after nine months in jail after providing $3.5 million in bail money, German prosecutors have confirmed. He was arrested last September during investigations into the VW Group's diesel scandal. Although he is yet to be charged, the...

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    With CEO behind bars, Audi delays reveal of e-tron electric SUV

    Audi's crucial new e-tron won't be revealed on August 30 as originally planned due to the latest diesel scandal-related crisis plaguing the automaker. The e-tron was scheduled to be revealed at an event in Brussels, Belgium, where the electric SUV's plant is located, but the reveal will now take...

  • Audi CEO Rupert Stadler
    Audi CEO arrested in Germany over dieselgate

    Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was arrested in Germany on Monday in relation to the dieselgate scandal, according to multiple reports. The German authorities took Stadler into custody over concerns that he would suppress evidence. Munich prosecutors said Stadler's arrest was not made at the request of the...

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    Germany's second-biggest city to introduce diesel bans on May 31

    Hamburg will become Germany's first city to impose a ban on diesel cars. The ban will be introduced on May 31 but only along two major roads in the city center. A number of signs have been erected to warn drivers of the ban and suggest alternative routes. It's not a blanket ban on diesel, as it is...

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    Report: Former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn facing US charges in dieselgate scandal

    A Michigan federal court has charged former Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn with defrauding the U.S. for his role in the VW diesel emissions scandal, according to a report from Reuters. Winterkorn resigned in September 2015, shortly after the company admitted that its 2.0-liter turbodiesel...

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    Jörg Kerner, who was promoted to the head of powertrains at Porsche in 2011, was arrested in relation to the Volkswagen Group's diesel scandal, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday. German prosecutors confirmed that a person was remanded because of flight risk and that a probe was opened against the person last July. The arrest comes just days after German police raided offices of Porsche as well as Audi as part of a wider probe into suspected fraud and false advertising stemming from the diesel scandal. A diesel engine offered in the Porsche Cayenne was found to...

  • Herbert Diess
    VW Group ousts CEO, names Diess as replacement, announces restructuring

    Volkswagen Group has ousted CEO Matthias Müller and replaced him with Herbert Diess, previously CEO of the Volkswagen brand within the larger 12-brand corporation. The move is part of an effort to reorganize the company to do business more efficiently, the company said Thursday. VW Group will...

  • Matthias Müller
    VW Group hints at possible leadership changes, including CEO position

    The Volkswagen Group on Tuesday issued the statement that it is in the process of reviewing its senior management structure and that this could result in potential personnel changes, including the position of CEO Matthias Müller. The short statement said the VW Group board of directors is also...

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    How did Volkswagen's diesel defeat device work?

    Every media outlet in the world covered Volkswagen's tangled web of lies and deceit as "Dieselgate" opened up and spewed the truth nearly three years ago. Its consequences are ongoing today, and VW's future trajectory has been changed forever. But, how exactly did VW's "defeat device" work? Jason...

  • Oliver Schmidt
    VW manager receives 7-year prison term, $400,000 fine for diesel scandal

    A second former Volkswagen Group employee has received a prison sentence in relation to the automaker’s diesel emissions cheating scandal. German citizen Oliver Schmidt was sentenced on Wednesday by United States District Court Judge Sean Cox to seven years in prison for his involvement in...

  • Ferdinand Piech, chairman and CEO of Volkswagen Group, at 2000 Paris Motor Show
    End of an era as Ferdinand Piëch finally cut ties with VW Group

    Two years ago, Ferdinand Piëch, then chairman of the Volkswagen Group, resigned from his post following a public spat with Martin Wintekorn, who was the automaker’s CEO at the time. The 80-year-old has now cut all ties with the VW Group by offloading his sizable stake in Porsche...

  • Ducati headquarters in Bologna, Italy

    The Volkswagen Group has ruled out selling Ducati following strong opposition from the Italian motorcycle brand’s labor union, FIOM CIGL. Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali made the announcement to staff on Friday, union representative Bruno Papignani confirmed to Bloomberg. Helping to sway the decision was the support of FIOM CIGL by IG Metall, a powerful labor union in Germany representing staff from several VW Group brands. The VW Group purchased Ducati in 2012 for approximately $935 million and since then has increased the number of employees from 1,197 to 1,558. The automaker started...

  • Wolfgang Hatz
    Report: Former Porsche R&D chief arrested in connection to diesel scandal

    Former Porsche R&D chief Wolfgang Hatz who stepped down in the wake of the diesel scandal afflicting the Volkswagen Group has been arrested in Germany as part of an investigation into the scandal by local prosecutors, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. German business...

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    VW engineer receives 40-month prison term, $200,000 fine for diesel scandal

    Former Volkswagen engineer and German citizen James Liang was sentenced on Friday in a Detroit court to 40 months in prison and given a fine of $200,000 for his involvement in the Volkswagen Group’s diesel scandal. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox and was...

  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 2012 New York Auto Show
    German Chancellor Merkel says non-electrified cars will be phased out, but won’t say when

    Governments, particularly in Europe, are under pressure to curb emissions. In July, both France and the United Kingdom agreed to ban the sale of cars powered solely by gasoline or diesel by 2040. But the government in Germany, a country perhaps more closely linked with its auto industry than any...

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    German automakers propose 25 percent NOx reduction, even in older models, to avoid ditching diesels

    Automakers have spent billions developing diesel engines to help meet tougher carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards, so understandably they aren’t willing to walk away from the technology just yet. But diesels are very much on the nose in the wake of the Volkswagen Group scandal, with some...

  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 2012 New York Auto Show
    Porsche Cayenne recalled in Europe due to diesel cheating concerns

    Following a recent probe, Germany’s official transport authority, the KBA, on Thursday ordered Porsche to recall 22,000 Cayenne SUVs across Europe after discovering emissions cheating software. The recalled Cayennes are those examples fitted with a 3.0-liter diesel engine, the same fitted to...

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