2016 The Year in Review

Dieselgate: The VW Never-Ending Story

Mueller addresses news conference in Wolfsburg
Mr. Müller still seeks to stem Dieselgate's fallout and steer the company in a new direction. Source: Reuters
5/16

More than a year after Dieselgate broke, Volkswagen wants to move forward, but the emissions-rigging scandal keeps dragging on the largest carmaker in Europe. Shortly after agreeing to pay $15 billion to U.S. authorities and owners of 500,000 affected vehicles, VW announced plans to slash costs by €3.7 billion ($3.9 billion) per year through 2020 in a plan that will result in thousands of layoffs. Research suggested Audi, owned by VW, was the source of the illegal technology, which may infect its best-selling A3 sedan. The automaker is also worried about the possibility of U.S. criminal charges under the administration of incoming president Donald Trump.

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