Volkswagen wraps multiyear investigation into Dieselgate

The Volkswagen Group has wrapped a multiyear inside investigation into Dieselgate, and it claims it will attempt to pry payment from former CEO Martin Winterkorn and previous Audi CEO Rupert Stadler to make up for some of the massive fiscal damages that resulted from the emissions cheating scandal.

The law company Volkswagen employed to perform the investigation covered much more than 65 petabytes of details, which includes some 480 million documents. About 1.6 million of those files had been “identified as pertinent, screened and reviewed,” the German automaker says. The law firm also carried out 1,550 interviews and reviewed information from prosecutorial and judicial proceedings around the environment that arrived as a end result of the company’s steps. The inner probe was “by far the most detailed and elaborate investigation carried out in a organization in German economic record,” Volkswagen writes.

Winterkorn resigned from working Volkswagen back in September 2015, nearly promptly right after information broke of the scandal. He was later arrested in Germany and accused of not just understanding the company’s diesel autos had software package that fooled regulators, but for sitting on the Environmental Protection Agency’s discovery of the cheat for a year. Winterkorn has also been billed in the US but is unlikely to ever be extradited. He stays on trial in Germany.

Stadler was arrested in 2018 by German authorities, which brought on Audi to drive again the expose of its initially all-electrical auto, the E-Tron. Stadler was afterwards forced out of his function by Volkswagen.

Volkswagen claimed Friday that it is also seeking damages from four other former board associates: Ulrich Hackenberg and Stefan Knirsch (Audi), Wolfgang Hatz (Porsche), and Heinz-Jakob Neusser (Volkswagen) — the latter of whom has been criminally billed by the Division of Justice.

The investigation’s close is something Volkswagen will certainly issue to transferring forward any time Dieselgate is introduced up. The business has used the final five-furthermore decades due to the fact the scandal broke striving to length itself from its misleading and harmful steps, and at a lot of factors, has experimented with to pin it on specific actors. (The previous CEO of its American division at the time testified to Congress in 2015 that it was the work of “a couple application engineers who [did it] for whichever motives.” He resigned 5 months later on.)

At the incredibly the very least, Volkswagen is now the largest legacy automaker creating the most concerted press into electrical autos, and it recently greater its expense in the house to $86 billion.