VW Scandal

Report: Audi Manipulated Diesel Emissions

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  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    VW’s subsidiaries have so far been mostly protected from Dieselgate fallout, but that could change with this new line of inquiry.

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    • VW last year admitted it had manipulated software in about 11 million diesel cars worldwide, including in its VW, Audi, Skoda, Seat  and Porsche car brands, to cheat emissions tests.
    • Audi’s development head, Stefan Knirsch, was suspended last week after it emerged that he may have been aware of the scandal.
    • Handelsblatt learned in April that VW’s emissions-cheating software was first devised at its luxury unit Audi back in 1999.
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Revelations about Audi’s potential involvement in VW’s diesel emissions scandal keep piling up.

Volkswagen’s luxury car subsidiary Audi has manipulated diesel engines in the United States to circumvent environmental laws, German media reported late on Wednesday, citing findings by U.S. law firm Jones Day.

VW has commissioned law firm Jones Day to look into the carmaker’s diesel scandal, which affects 11 million cars worldwide across its Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Seat and Skoda brands.

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