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

Time 5:39 pm, June 13, 2018

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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Rebecca has been a motoring and business journalist since 2014, previously writing and presenting for titles such as the Press Association, Auto Express and Car Buyer. She has worked in many roles for Car Dealer Magazine’s publisher Blackball Media including head of editorial.

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