Audi fined $925 million in Germany for dieselgate scandal

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 17, 2018

Audi has been fined 800 million euros ($927.12 million) by German prosecutors for violations tied to V-6 and V-8 diesel engines that did not conform to anti-pollution standards.

The cheating emissions case covered around 4.9 million Audi cars sold in Europe, the USA and elsewhere between 2004 and 2018.

In September 2015, parent company Volkswagen admitted rigging some 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide with software that enabled them to pass USA emissions tests even though emissions in real driving were much higher.

Audi says the V6 and V8 diesel engines in question did meet regulatory requirements, and it also "failed to discover" diesel engines supplied to it from Volkswagen between 2004 and 2018 had an "impermissible software function". The European Environmental Agency estimated that nitrogen oxides were responsible for around 75,000 premature deaths in the European Union in 2014.

The Wolfsburg-based company warned the latest fine will directly affect its 2018 earnings as well.

Volkswagen has paid more than $US30 billion ($42 billion) in fines, settlements and recall costs since the scandal broke. Two Volkswagen executives were sent to prison in the U.S.

The premium auto brand said it has no plans to lodge an appeal against the substantial fine, accepting responsibility for the deviations from regulatory requirements.

The administrative order against Audi provides for a fine of €800-million in total, consisting of the maximum penalty as legally provided for (€5-million) for negligent regulatory offences and the disgorgement of economic benefits in the amount of €750-million. However, probes into executives, including Audi's former CEO Rupert Stadler, continue, the prosecutors said.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE