- Volkswagen daughter Audi has been added by the Public Prosecutor's Office in Germany to the fraud complaint for the manipulation of emissions at his diesel cars.
That is what Der Spiegel reports on Saturday. According to lawyers against the German weekly, the step is important because justice can seize profits that the Audi component has ever made with the engine engineers. \u0026 Nbsp;
The money can be used to reimburse claims from businesses and consumers.
Audi employees and drivers are also added to the fraud investigation, according to Der Spiegel. They would have ensured compliance with environmental requirements.
On Friday, topman Oliver Schmidt acknowledged blame in the fraud case conducted by VW in the United States.
Der Spiegel earlier revealed that 'Dieselgate' in 2015 was just a result of a much larger illegal cartel by all major car buyers with much more price and competition agreements. That cartel was active for a long time and manipulated the price to the disadvantage of the car buyer.
Last week, the German government took measures after the cartel was confirmed by the car buyers. The German car industry was under pressure to equip five million diesel cars in Germany with new software. This will reduce emissions by 25 to 30%.
Market researchers found these interventions far too small. They were primarily intended to protect the employment of 800,000 employees.
Der Spiegel sees a parallel in an earlier charge against Siemens because of corruption. That eventually became suitable for € 600 million. Audi knows the most recent step and tells Reuters to fully cooperate in the investigation.
In September 2015, VW acknowledged that 11 million diesel cars worldwide were equipped with illegal software that represented much less emissions of harmful substances. \u0026 Nbsp; \u0026 nbsp;
The weekly newspaper also reports that Volkswagen's software fraud has been conducted in consultation with software supplier Bosch since 2006.
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