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Volkswagen fined £880m by German prosecutors over diesel emissions scandal

Volkswagen fined £880m by German prosecutors over diesel emissions scandal

CAR maker Volkswagen has said it is being fined one billion euros by German authorities in connection with the diesel emissions scandal.

Volkswagen said it would accept the fine – equivalent to some £880m – imposed by prosecutors in Braunschweig.

Prosecutors concluded that Volkswagen failed to properly oversee the activity of its engine development department, resulting in some 10.7 million diesel vehicles with illegal emissions-controlling software being sold worldwide.

The scandal, which came to light in the United States in 2015, has already cost the German car giant billions in penalties imposed by US authorities.

The firm said it hoped that paying the German fine would have ‘positive effects on other official proceedings being conducted in Europe against Volkswagen’ and its subsidiaries.

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