Volkswagen's former chief Martin Winterkorn is facing charges for "misleading officials" despite claiming he knew nothing about the emission's scandal. The German car maker admitted millions of cars were altered to beat emissions testing. Here's everything you need to know. What was the Volkswagen emissions scandal? The German car giant admitted that 11million vehicles were fitted with software which was used to cheat on emissions tests. This technology sensed when the car was being tested and activated equipment which reduced emissions - but then turned it back up during regular on-road driving. Thousands of cars across the world were recalled when the scandal emerged in 2015, including 1.2million UK diesel vehicles. This included 508,276 Volkswagen cars, 393,450 Audis, 131,569 Skodas, 79,838 VW commercial vehicles and 76,773 Seats. In February, the Sun reported that fewer than half the affected UK vehicles had been fixed. In America, VW has agreed a £12.3billion settlement. … [Read more...] about What was the Volkswagen emissions scandal, what is the limp mode reported by VW drivers, and what was the defeat device fix?
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Volkswagen’s emissions scandal has just seen the arrest of Rupert Stadler, CEO of the Audi division. Will this scandal be the last straw to break the back of the German automobile giant? Audi CEO Rupert Stadler. Source: Christof Stache / AFP In the morning of June 18, Audi’s parent company—Volkswagen—officially announced that CEO Audi Rupert Stadler was arrested by the German authorities. “The presumption of innocence remains in place for Mr. Stadler,” wgntv.com cited Volkswagen’s representative as saying. Stadler was detained because investigators worried that he might seek to suppress evidence in connection with the investigation, Munich prosecutors said. His home was searched last week. The arrest occurred several days after the German authorities fined Volkswagen for EUR1 billion ($1.16 billion) for its global emission fraud. The information also drove down Volkswagen’s stock price by 2.5 per cent yesterday afternoon. … [Read more...] about Audi CEO arrested over Volkswagen emissions scandal
BRITISH car owners caught up in the Volkswagen emissions scandal have been given a deadline to make a compensation claim. If your car was affected by Dieselgate, you have just over 150 days to ask for your money back. According to a ruling by the High Court of Justice, October 26 will be the last day Brits can apply for compensation - which could be up to 100 per cent of their car's purchase price. All drivers need to do is submit their case by signing up to the Volkswagen Group Action here or here. An estimated 1.2million owners of Volkswagen, SEAT, Skoda and Audi cars were affected by the scandal in the UK. Cars were originally fitted with "defeat devices", although they didn't break EU emissions testing laws. But after 11million motors were found to be fitted with the defeat device in Europe, car owners from across the continent submitted their vehicles for a software update. Thousands of owners have since reported issues with their cars after the software "fix" was installed. … [Read more...] about You must make a claim by this date if your car was affected by the VW emissions scandal – here is what you need to do
Nathan Bomey USA TODAY Published 1:54 p.m. UTC Jun 18, 2018 The CEO of Audi was arrested in Germany on suspicion of his involvement in the Volkswagen emissions scandal. The German investigation ensnared Audi boss Rupert Stadler, who was widely considered a subject of the probe but had so far survived the fallout from the scandal despite questions over the VW luxury brand's role. Stadler, who was accused by Munich prosecutors of collusion, becomes the first person in the VW executive suite to spend time behind bars in connection with the scandal. But he's not the first high-level executive to face accusations of involvement. Former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn was previously indicted in the U.S. on felony charges of conspiracy and wire fraud, but he has eluded arrest because he has not traveled to the U.S. since the Justice Department filed charges. "In view of the ongoing investigations, we have no further comment to make on this matter," Audi said in a statement. "The … [Read more...] about Audi CEO Rupert Stadler arrested in Germany as Volkswagen emissions scandal lingers
A case pitting hundreds of thousands of owners of manipulated diesel vehicles against German car manufacturer Volkswagen has opened, four years after the country’s largest post-war industrial scandal erupted. The first hearing in what is likely to be a grinding, years-long trial began at 10am (8am GMT) on Monday in Brunswick, 19 miles from the VW headquarters in the northern city of Wolfsburg. About 450,000 people demanding compensation from VW have joined a first-of-its-kind grouped proceeding, introduced by politicians after the “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal broke in 2015. Consumer rights group VZBV, representing the plaintiffs, says the carmaker deliberately harmed buyers by installing motor control software that allowed vehicles to pollute far more on the road than under lab conditions. “I would like Volkswagen to reimburse the purchase price”, said Andreas Sarcletti, a customer who had made the trip from nearby Hanover, “but I’m … [Read more...] about Volkswagen emissions scandal: mass lawsuit opens in Germany