Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Audi fined €800m over diesel emissions scandal



Audi has been fined €800m (£700m) to settle an investigation by German prosecutors into breaches of diesel emissions rules.

 
The premium car brand, owned by Volkswagen, said it "accepts the fine and admits its responsibility".


In June, VW agreed a €1bn settlement in Germany over the emissions scandal, which came to light in 2015.


Audi, whose ex-boss Rupert Stadler is being investigated over "dieselgate", said affected cars spanned 2004-18.


Audi said in a statement that some V6 and V8 diesel engines were "placed on the market with an impermissible software function". Other engines implicated include the widely-used EA 288 and EA 189.
In 2015, US investigators discovered that some VW diesel cars were fitted with what became known as "defeat devices" to flatter emissions readings during engine tests so that the true output of nitrogen oxides was reduced.


The scandal spread throughout the motor industry, engulfing not just VW and its other car brands, but to other motor manufacturers.




BBC    News.