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Volkswagen sales plunge on emissions scandal

Volkswagen scandal puts spotlight on auto industry

Volkswagen's global car sales plunged % in October, after it admitted rigging pollution tests on millions of its vehicles.

The German car maker said it fitted as many as 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide with software that could cheat nitrogen oxide emissions tests.

Volkswagen(VLKAF) halted sales of some of its models soon after the scandal broke in September, and is now counting the losses.

"The temporary sales stops for vehicles affected by the diesel issue had an impact on sales," said Juergen Stackmann, Volkswagen board member responsible for sales.

Globally, it sold nearly 30, fewer Volkswagen branded cars in October compared to the same month last year.

Its sales in Western Europe, Volkswagen's home market, declined %. Sales in the U.S., where the scandal first broke, were up % in October, while Asia-Pacific saw a drop of %.

Volkswagen scandal: 5 scary numbers

The emission scandal came at a tricky time for Volkswagen. The company is struggling with weakening sales, especially in emerging markets.

"We not only face the diesel and CO2 issues but also tense situations on world markets," Stackmann said.

Sales in China, Volkswagen single biggest market, grew % in October, but are % down so far this year.

Meanwhile, it sold 50% fewer cars in Brazil and saw its sales drop by 25% in Russia.

Volkswagen scandal: Full coverage

The company said it will need to recall nearly , cars in the U.S., and about million in Europe. It also admitted understating carbon dioxide emissions and fuel usage for about , vehicles, including some with gasoline engines.

Volkswagen is trying to contain the crisis. It has replaced its CEO and offered $ cash payouts to owners hit by the scandal in the U.S.

"The entire company is working to restore the trust of our customers in the brand and our products. We will take care of each individual customer who is affected," Stackmann said.

The sales of the entire Volkswagen Group, which also owns Audi, Porsche, Seat and Skoda, were down % in October.

The drop in Volkswagen-branded car sales was partially offset by the success of Porsche, Volkswagen Group's luxury brand, which saw 18% growth in sales in October.

Audi sales grew by 2%, while Seat was down 3% and Skoda %.

CNNMoney (London) First published November 13, AM ET


Scandal (season 5)

Season of American television series Scandal

Season of television series

The fifth season of the American television drama series Scandal was ordered on May 7, by ABC,[1] and began airing on September 24, in the United States on ABC. The season was produced by ABC Studios, in association with ShondaLand Production Company; the showrunner being Shonda Rhimes.

The season continues the story of Olivia Pope's crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates, and its staff, as well as staff at the White House in Washington D.C. Season five has eleven series regulars, all returning from the previous season, out of which six are part of the original cast of eight regulars from the first season and three new regulars were added. The season will continue to air in the Thursday pm timeslot, the same as the previous season as it was moved to make room for ShondaLand Production Company's new TV series, How to Get Away with Murder.

On March 3, , ABC announced that Scandal was renewed for a sixth season.[2]


The series focuses on Olivia Pope and her crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates, and its staff, as well as staff at the White House in Washington D.C. as political scandals occur and they must try to deal with them.

Cast and characters[edit]



Scandal was renewed for a fifth season on May 7, , by ABC.[1] The series will continue to air at Thursdays in the timeslot &#;p.m. E.T. like the previous season, as it was moved to the timeslot to make room for ShondaLand Production Company's new TV series, How to Get Away with Murder. Production began on May 21, , when Rhimes announced on Twitter that the writers were in full swing mapping the fifth season.[3]

The remaining fall schedule for ABC was announced on November 16, where it was announced that Scandal would air nine episodes in the fall with the fall finale to air on November 19, , just like the rest of ABC's primetime lineup "TGIT" Grey's Anatomy and How To Get Away with Murder, which was the same last year. The remaining 12 episodes will air after the winter break, beginning on February 11, ,[4] as a result of ABC airing the television miniseries Madoff over two nights on February 3–4, in the same time-slot as Scandal and Grey's Anatomy.[5] The show was renewed by ABC for a sixth season on March 3, [2]


Shonda Rhimes said in an interview that the fifth season will begin only a few days after the events in the fourth-season finale. She stated that the fifth season will see Olivia and Fitz the only people standing in a single piece, as she said "The world had been fairly blown apart for everybody except Olivia and Fitz. Everybody else was in a fairly blown apart place We pick up right there in that environment and we see what happens next." Rhimes continued talking about Cyrus and Mellie and their situation of not being in the White House anymore.[6]

Rhimes also confirmed that "the reconstitution" of Team OPA would happen in the fifth season, as Rhimes revealed in an interview with TVLine, as she explained that the Gladiator conceit was sidelined a bit in the fourth season to instead "healing" Olivia. She noted that "a lot of times it was just Huck and Quinn gladiating by themselves. And that wasn’t the same dynamic."[7]


Scouting began in the beginning of July.[8] The table read for the first episode was announced to occur on July 14, by Kerry Washington.[9] The title of the season premiere, "Heavy is the Head" was revealed on August 8, , by its director Tom Verica on Twitter.[10] Filming for the season began on July 16, [11]

Several actors working on ShondaLand-produced shows directed an episode for the fifth season. Tony Goldwyn from Scandal directed the second and 17th episode, making it the fourth and fifth episode he has directed on the show. Chandra Wilson, who plays Dr. Miranda Bailey on Grey's Anatomy, directed her first Scandal episode, which was the sixth episode "Get Out of Jail, Free". Scott Foley from Scandal also directed his first Scandal episode, the 16th named "The Miseducation of Susan Ross". Foley's director-debut was announced on Twitter by Foley himself and executive producer Tom Verica.[12]


The fifth season had twelve roles receiving star billing, with eleven of them returning from the previous season, eight of which part of the original cast from the first season, and three new cast members being added. Kerry Washington continued to play her role as protagonist of the series, Olivia Pope, a former White House Director of Communications with her own crisis management firm. Darby Stanchfield played Abby Whelan, the White House Press Secretary, Katie Lowes portrayed Quinn Perkins, and Guillermo Diaz portrayed Huck, the troubled tech guy who works for Olivia. Cornelius Smith Jr. continued his role as activist Marcus Walker. after being upgraded to series regular. Jeff Perry continued to portray Cyrus Beene, Chief of Staff at the White House who was fired by Fitz but later rehired. Portia de Rossi played Elizabeth North, the new Chief of Staff at the White House, and later the Chief of Staff for the Vice President. Joshua Malina played the role of David Rosen, former U.S. Attorney, now Attorney General. Bellamy Young continued to act as First Lady/Senator Melody "Mellie" Grant, who was kicked out of the White House by Fitz, and later joined the presidential campaign for President. Tony Goldwyn continued to portray President Fitzgerald "Fitz" Thomas Grant III. Scott Foley portrayed Jake Ballard a former B agent and later the head of the NSA.

On May 14, , after the fourth-season finale, it was announced that Portia de Rossi had been promoted to a series regular for the fifth season.[13]TVLine reported in late April that a new gladiator would be added to Olivia Pope & Associates, and the person would be a guest star.[14] It was also announced on July 7, , that Cornelius Smith Jr., who had a guest role in season four playing activist Marcus Walker, will be returning as a series regular for the fifth season, but will not appear until later in the fall.[7][15] On August 24, , it was announced that actress Mia Maestro would be recurring during the fifth season, but the specifics of her role were not revealed.[16]Julie Claire was announced on September 1, to have joined the cast in a guest role.[17]

It was announced on February 4, , that Ricardo Chavira would join the show in a recurring role, and would first appear in the eleventh episode.[18]Annabeth Gish was announced on February 8, , to have been cast in a recurring role.[19]The Hollywood Reporter announced on February 18, , that Joe Morton who plays Rowan "Eli" Pope had been promoted to a series regular, and was credited as a regular cast member for the first time in the twelfth episode.[20]


See also: List of Scandal episodes


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 92% approval rating with an average rating of /10 based on 13 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Increased pressure on a key couple brings heightened stakes and more exciting twists to Scandal's action-packed, consistently gripping fifth season.[42]

Live + SD Ratings[edit]

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No. in
Episode Air date Time slot (EST) Rating/Share (18–49) Viewers (m) 18–49 Rank Viewership rank Drama rank
70 1 "Heavy is the Head" September&#;24,&#;&#;()Thursdays
71 2 "Yes" October&#;1,&#;&#;()/9[22][22]10[44]21[44]2[44]
72 3 "Paris is Burning" October&#;8,&#;&#;()/8[23][23]10[45]22[45]2[45]
73 4 "Dog-Whistle Politics" October&#;15,&#;&#;()/7[24][24]11[46]21[46]2[46]
74 5 "You Got Served" October&#;22,&#;&#;()/8[25][25]11[47]23[47]2[47]
75 6 "Get Out of Jail, Free" October&#;29,&#;&#;()/7[26][26]14[48]30[49]2[48]
76 7 "Even the Devil Deserves a Second Chance" November&#;5,&#;&#;()/7[27][27]13[50]25[50]4[50]
77 8 "Rasputin" November&#;12,&#;&#;()/7[28][28]14[51]28[52]6[51]
78 9 "Baby, It's Cold Outside" November&#;19,&#;&#;()/8[29][29]11[53]23[53]3[53]
79 10 "It's Hard Out Here for a General" February&#;11,&#;&#;()/7[30][30]9[54]28[55]4[54]
80 11 "The Candidate" February&#;18,&#;&#;()/5[31][31]18[56]33[57]5[56]
81 12 "Wild Card" February&#;25,&#;&#;()/5[32][32]22[58]37[59]6[58]
82 13 "The Fish Rots from the Head" March&#;10,&#;&#;()/6[33][33]15[60]28[61]3[60]
83 14 "I See You" March&#;17,&#;&#;()/5[34][34]23[62]N/A 5[62]
84 15 "Pencil's Down" March&#;24,&#;&#;()/5[35][35]20[63]N/A 5[63]
85 16 "The Miseducation of Susan Ross" March&#;31,&#;&#;()/6[36][36]13[64]25[64]4[64]
86 17 "Thwack!" April&#;7,&#;&#;()/5[37][37]15[65]N/A 5[65]
87 18 "Till Death Do Us Part" April&#;21,&#;&#;()/5[38][38]16[66]N/A 8[66]
88 19 "Buckle Up" April&#;28,&#;&#;()/5[39][39]17[67]N/A 6[67]
89 20 "Trump Card" May&#;5,&#;&#;()/5[40][40]21[68]N/A 8[68]
90 21 "That's My Girl" May&#;12,&#;&#;()/6[41][41]10[69]N/A 4[69]

Live + 7 Day (DVR) ratings[edit]

No. in
No. in
Episode Air date Time slot (EST) 18–49 rating increase Viewers
(millions) increase
Total Total viewers
70 1 "Heavy is the Head" September&#;24,&#;&#;()Thursdays
71 2 "Yes" October&#;1,&#;&#;() [71]
72 3 "Paris is Burning" October&#;8,&#;&#;() [72]
73 4 "Dog-Whistle Politics" October&#;15,&#;&#;() [73]
75 5 "You Got Served" October&#;22,&#;&#;() [74]
75 6 "Get Out of Jail, Free" October&#;29,&#;&#;() [75]
76 7 "Even the Devil Deserves a Second Chance" November&#;5,&#;&#;() [76]
77 8 "Rasputin" November&#;12,&#;&#;() [77]
78 9 "Baby, It's Cold Outside" November&#;19,&#;&#;() [78]
79 10 "It's Hard Out Here for a General" February&#;11,&#;&#;() [79]
80 11 "The Candidate" February&#;18,&#;&#;() [80]
81 12 "Wild Card" February&#;25,&#;&#;() [81]
82 13 "The Fish Rots from the Head" March&#;10,&#;&#;() [82]
83 14 "I See You" March&#;17,&#;&#;() [83]
84 15 "Pencil's Down" March&#;24,&#;&#;() [84]
85 16 "The Miseducation of Susan Ross" March&#;31,&#;&#;() [85]
86 17 "Thwack!" April&#;7,&#;&#;() [86]
87 18 "Till Death Do Us Part" April&#;21,&#;&#;() [87]
88 19 "Buckle Up" April&#;28,&#;&#;() [88]
89 20 "Trump Card" May&#;5,&#;&#;()N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
90 21 "That's My Girl" May&#;12,&#;&#;()N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Awards and nominations[edit]

DVD release[edit]

The Complete Fifth Season[89]
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 21 episodes
  • 5-disc set
  • minutes
  • English (Dolby Digital Surround)
  • English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles
  • Extended Episodes
  • Bloopers & Mistakes
Release dates
Region 1Region 2
August 23, November 23,


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Volkswagen faces potential class-action lawsuits over emissions scandal

Several potential class-action lawsuits have been filed in Michigan against Volkswagen over the company’s diesel emissions scandal, as US regulators ratcheted up questioning of the auto giant.

The lengthy complaints filed in federal court in Detroit say Volkswagen deceived federal and state emissions standards by installing a so-called “defeat device” in , Audi and Volkswagen vehicles sold in the US since Volkswagen already faces billions of dollars of fines, a criminal investigation and several state investigations as part of the worldwide cheating scandal, which have consumed the auto maker in recent weeks.

The lawsuits, almost identical in language, say Volkswagen touted vehicles with “extremely high fuel mileage coupled with low emissions” but the equipped defeat devices allowed them to cheat emissions test.

“Put simply, [Volkswagen] lied and continued to lie over a period of years,” the complaint stated.

Attorneys with the Seattle-based Keller Rohrback LLP, which filed the complaints on Tuesday and Wednesday, told the Guardian additional lawsuits would be forthcoming, after VW executives testified before Congress earlier this month. The fresh round of complaints follows another batch the firm filed in September.

Gretchen Freeman Cappio, one of the attorneys on the case, said the firm has been “utterly slammed” with calls and emails from consumers. Keller Rohrback now represents plaintiffs from nearly every state in the US, she said.

Though the complaints are nearly identical, Freeman Cappio said consumer laws vary slightly state to state, therefore spurring the multiple lawsuits.

“So because of that, you’ll see that consumers from all different states across the country file lawsuits alleging similar facts,” she told the Guardian.

VW has admitted that 11m vehicles worldwide were fitted with a defeat device, which is a line of software code hidden within the cars’ systems that knew when an emissions test was taken place.

A spokeswoman for the company said in a statement that it cannot comment directly on the specific class-action lawsuits.

“Volkswagen is fully cooperating with all investigations regarding the emissions compliance issue,” spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said.

The lawsuits were filed in Detroit, as the investigations by the US Justice Department and FBI are taking place across the region, where the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Vehicle & Fuel Emissions Laboratory is located. Volkswagen has an office with an estimated 1, employees in Auburn Hills, Michigan – about 30 minutes from Detroit.

Freeman Cappio pointed to testimony from Michael Horn, Volkswagen Group of America CEO, before a US House panel on 8 October, when he said its Auburn Hills office is “directly linked to the German research and development department”.

“They work together. They get all the information, all the results, testing things, technical specifications and then they file the applications for conformity,” Horn said. He added that the office interacted “directly on a working level, on a management level, on a daily basis with the EPA and [the California Air Resources Board].”

VW’s ties with Michigan and the ongoing scandal are readily apparent, Freeman Cappio said.

“The connections between the allegations in our lawsuit about defeat device vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen and Michigan could not be stronger,” she said.

Beside Volkswagen Group of America, Audi AG and Audi of America are named as defendants in the suits.

The plaintiffs claim VW committed fraud by concealment, breached contracts through the sale of the defeat device vehicles, breached warranties, and unjustly enriched itself. It also asserts the company’s conduct meets the threshold of a racketeering influenced and corrupt organization, or Rico, claim.

The lawsuit asks for injunctive relief through a recall or free vehicle replacement, as well as unspecified damages.

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Volkswagen: The scandal explained

By Russell Hotten
Business reporter, BBC News

Image source, Getty Images

What is Volkswagen accused of?

It's been dubbed the "diesel dupe". In September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that many VW cars being sold in America had a "defeat device" - or software - in diesel engines that could detect when they were being tested, changing the performance accordingly to improve results. The German car giant has since admitted cheating emissions tests in the US.

VW has had a major push to sell diesel cars in the US, backed by a huge marketing campaign trumpeting its cars' low emissions. The EPA's findings cover , cars in the US only, including the VW-manufactured Audi A3, and the VW models Jetta, Beetle, Golf and Passat. But VW has admitted that about 11 million cars worldwide, including eight million in Europe, are fitted with the so-called "defeat device".

The company has also been accused by the EPA of modifying software on the 3 litre diesel engines fitted to some Porsche and Audi as well as VW models. VW has denied the claims, which affect at least 10, vehicles.

In November, VW said it had found "irregularities" in tests to measure carbon dioxide emissions levels that could affect about , cars in Europe - including petrol vehicles. However, in December it said that following investigations, it had established that this only affected about 36, of the cars it produces each year.

This 'defeat device' sounds like a sophisticated piece of kit.

Full details of how it worked are sketchy, although the EPA has said that the engines had computer software that could sense test scenarios by monitoring speed, engine operation, air pressure and even the position of the steering wheel.

When the cars were operating under controlled laboratory conditions - which typically involve putting them on a stationary test rig - the device appears to have put the vehicle into a sort of safety mode in which the engine ran below normal power and performance. Once on the road, the engines switched out of this test mode.

The result? The engines emitted nitrogen oxide pollutants up to 40 times above what is allowed in the US.

What has been VW's response?

"We've totally screwed up," said VW America boss Michael Horn, while the group's chief executive at the time, Martin Winterkorn, said his company had "broken the trust of our customers and the public". Mr Winterkorn resigned as a direct result of the scandal and was replaced by Matthias Mueller, the former boss of Porsche.

"My most urgent task is to win back trust for the Volkswagen Group - by leaving no stone unturned," Mr Mueller said on taking up his new post.

VW has also launched an internal inquiry.

With VW recalling millions of cars worldwide from early next year, it has set aside €bn (£bn) to cover costs. That resulted in the company posting its first quarterly loss for 15 years of €bn in late October.

But that's unlikely to be the end of the financial impact. The EPA has the power to fine a company up to $37, for each vehicle that breaches standards - a maximum fine of about $18bn.

The costs of possible legal action by car owners and shareholders "cannot be estimated at the current time", VW added.

How widespread are VW's problems?

What started in the US has spread to a growing number of countries. The UK, Italy, France, South Korea, Canada and, of course, Germany, have opened investigations. Throughout the world, politicians, regulators and environmental groups are questioning the legitimacy of VW's emissions testing.

VW will recall million cars in Europe, including million in Germany and million in the UK, and , in the US as a result of the emissions scandal.

No wonder the carmaker's shares have fallen by about a third since the scandal broke.

It's still unclear who knew what and when, although VW must have had a chain of management command that approved fitting cheating devices to its engines, so further departures are likely.

Christian Klingler, a management board member and head of sales and marketing is leaving the company, although VW said this was part of long-term planned structural changes and was not related to recent events.

In , in the US, regulators raised concerns about VW emissions levels, but these were dismissed by the company as "technical issues" and "unexpected" real-world conditions. If executives and managers wilfully misled officials (or their own VW superiors) it's difficult to see them surviving.

Are other carmakers implicated?

That's for the various regulatory and government inquiries to determine. California's Air Resources Board is now looking into other manufacturers' testing results. Ford, BMW and Renault-Nissan have said they did not use "defeat devices", while other firms have either not commented or simply stated that they comply with the law.

The UK trade body for the car industry, the SMMT, said: "The EU operates a fundamentally different system to the US - with all European tests performed in strict conditions as required by EU law and witnessed by a government-appointed independent approval agency."

But it added: "The industry acknowledges that the current test method is outdated and is seeking agreement from the European Commission for a new emissions test that embraces new testing technologies and is more representative of on-road conditions."

That sounds like EU testing rules need tightening, too.

Environmental campaigners have long argued that emissions rules are being flouted. "Diesel cars in Europe operate with worse technology on average than the US," said Jos Dings, from the pressure group Transport & Environment. "Our latest report demonstrated that almost 90% of diesel vehicles didn't meet emission limits when they drive on the road. We are talking millions of vehicles."

Car analysts at the financial research firm Bernstein agree that European standards are not as strict as those in the US. However, the analysts said in a report that there was, therefore, "less need to cheat". So, if other European carmakers' results are suspect, Bernstein says the "consequences are likely to be a change in the test cycle rather than legal action and fines".

It's all another blow for the diesel market.

Certainly is. Over the past decade and more, carmakers have poured a fortune into the production of diesel vehicles - with the support of many governments - believing that they are better for the environment. Latest scientific evidence suggests that's not the case, and there are even moves to limit diesel cars in some cities.

Diesel sales were already slowing, so the VW scandal came at a bad time. "The revelations are likely to lead to a sharp fall in demand for diesel engine cars," said Richard Gane, automotive expert at consultants Vendigital.

"In the US, the diesel car market currently represents around 1% of all new car sales and this is unlikely to increase in the short to medium term.

"However, in Europe the impact could be much more significant, leading to a large tranche of the market switching to petrol engine cars virtually overnight."

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"Dieselgate" - a timeline of the car emissions fraud scandal in Germany

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The German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) ruled on 25 May that Volkswagen car owners are entitled to damages in the emissions scandal. The court said that owners could return their car and receive the price paid minus a share for using the car in the meantime. The ruling will likely shape many other current court cases on the issue in Germany, reported Tagesschau.


Volkswagen has reached settlements with , of the , claimants participating in a class action lawsuit brought by German consumer group VZBV over the carmaker’s rigging of diesel emissions tests. Volkswagen will pay out a total of million euros. It had set aside million to cover the costs of settlements with all participants of in the VZBV class action.

Despite a reduction in road traffic to to the coronavirus, nitrogen oxide levels in German city centres remain relatively high, according to a random evaluation of air quality data from the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) carried out by Focus Online over the past ten weeks. As a result, Steffen Bilger, parliamentary state secretary in the transport ministry and member of the conservative CDU, has stated that: "In my view, the subject of diesel driving bans is finally off the table."


The dieselgate scandal in which carmakers from Germany and other countries manipulated the engines of their vehicles to cheat on emissions tests has severely damaged the business of many car dealers in the country and in many cases also contributed to their bankruptcy, Wilfried Eckl-Dorna writes for manager magazin.

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Nitrogen dioxide pollution declining in German cities – environment agency


Authorities in four German cities with active driving bans for diesel cars have registered over 15, infractions of the rule introduced to improve air quality in inner cities by banning vehicles that do not meet emissions standards, news agency dpa reports.


Supplier Bosch cuts jobs as diesel, petrol car demand dwindles


The first hearing of a landmark collective lawsuit in Germany over emission test cheating against carmaker Volkswagen, involving more than , car owners, takes place in the northern German city of Braunschweig.

Germany's environment agency says emissions of new diesel cars still too high


German media report that the involvement of German car maker Audi in the diesel scandal widens. Audi has used four and not one so-called defeat devices in order to comply with exhaust emission standards, according to media reports by business daily Handelsblatt and public broadcaster Bayrischer Rundfunk (BR). The media outlets say they have obtained documents which show that also models from Porsche and VW are affected, as these used Audi motors.

The intensifying public debate over climate change in Germany isn’t boosting sales of low-emission cars, German energy agency denasays. The share of new car sales in highest efficiency category fell 5 percentage points between and , to 69 percent. The biggest sales growth was in heavy, fuel-intensive SUVs and all-terrain vehicles. SUV sales in were up more than 21 percent.

The government of the federal state of Berlin decides to ban older diesel cars from eight roads in the city and create dozens of zones with a 30 kilometre per hour speed limit, according to public broadcaster rbb The diesel bans will come into force in September on roads with a total length of just under three kilometres. Residents, delivery services, mobile nursing services and tradespeople will be exempt from the ban.

Following a string of profit warnings, Daimler reports its first loss in years, triggered by legal risks related to the dieselgate scandal


After a series of meetings with high-profile car industry representatives in recent years to deal with the fallout of the so-called dieselgate scandal for the German car industry, Chancellor Angela Merkel invites the leaders of the country’s most important car companies to her chancellery to debate how the industry could cope with impending changes in the mobility sector.

The level of air pollution, mostly due to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions from traffic, exceeded European limits in 57 German cities in , the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) reports. However, the number of cities with emissions levels above the threshold of 40 microgrammes per cubic metre has fallen from 65 in the year before, the UBA says. “The measures agreed on so far are insufficient to abide by the EU-limit value for NO2 in the annual average to protect public health,” said UBA president Maria Krautzberger.

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler is arrested over allegations that he played a role in Volkswagen (VW) Group’s diesel emissions cheating scandal a week after Munich prosecutors raided his private residence. Stadler has served as Audi CEO since and has been on the board of VW group since


30 German economists call for a city-toll for private cars to get a grip on transport emissions and growing traffic volumes. In the plea initiated by research institutes RWI and Leibniz Institut, the economists say a road toll would be “an economically and ecologically sound response to a wide range of challenges," such as greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, congestion and lacking parking spaces.

German auto parts supplier Bosch is ordered to pay a 90 million euro fine for its role in "negligently infringing its quality control obligations," according to investigators in Stuttgart, reports Deutsche Welle. Bosch becomes the latest household name to be implicated in the “dieselgate” scandal. Investigators found that since , Bosch has delivered 17 million motor control and mixture control devices to domestic and foreign manufacturers, some of whose software contained illegal strategies.

German Merkel’s government cabinetadopts the Clean Air Programme, which lays out how the country aims to improve air quality over the coming decade, the German environment ministry (BMU) said in a press release. The programme looks at percentage reductions of total national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants, including sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides (NOx), ammonia and particulates. It is not directly related to local NO2 limits or possible inner city driving bans.

Operating profits at BMW plunge 78 percent in the first quarter of after the German carmaker was compelled to set aside billion euros to cover a possible fine from EU antitrust authorities over alleged collusion to delay the introduction of clean emissions technology.

Coinciding with the rollout of its first purpose-built electric car, the EQC, Daimler commits to a climate initiative dubbed "Ambition". Shortly before assuming his new role as company CEO, Källenius promises to make the entire Mercedes-Benz Cars fleet carbon neutral by , and to make its European production CO2-neutral by using renewable energy by By , Daimler aims to have all-electric and plug-in hybrids make up more than half of its car sales. Media reports call the plans the "most ambitious target of any major automaker" and "the most ambitious timeline among any of the leading automakers."


The European Commission officially accuses carmakersVW, BMW and Daimler of illegal collusion to avoid competition on emissions reduction technology. EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said while cooperation between competitors to improve technology was entirely acceptable, "EU competition rules do not allow them to collude on exactly the opposite: not to improve their products, not to compete on quality. We are concerned that this is what happened in this case." The EU antitrust body said that if found guilty, the carmakers face fines of up to 10 percent of their annual turnover.

In a statement, carmaker BMWsays it would cooperate with EU authorities, adding that it regards the accusation "as an attempt to equate the legal coordination of industry positions on the regulatory framework with illegal cartel arrangements." The company says there had been "no collusion" regarding prices to the detriment of customers or retailers.

On 15 April, prosecutors in Germany press charges against former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn due to possible connections with emissions testing fraud. The former CEO is accused of an "especially grave" case of fraud as well as of a breach of competition laws and a breach of trust for not informing authorities and customers in Europe and the US "after learning about illegal manipulations of diesel engines" in May and halt the sale of cars equipped with so-called defeat devices. The prosecutors say they were also pressing charges against four other executives but did not give any names. Winterkorn stepped down as the carmaker's chief executive in September , shortly after VW's manipulation scheme became public. Current VW CEO Herbert Diess says he is not among the other executives being probed.

Germany’s motor vehicle authority KBA is investigating Daimler on suspicion that 60, Mercedes cars were fitted with a so far unknown further software aimed at tricking emissions tests. A spokesman for Daimler, owner of Mercedes-Benz, says the carmaker was reviewing the facts and fully cooperating with the KBA. Media reports say KBA was looking into suspicious software in Mercedes-Benz GLK CDI cars produced between and

The highest administrative court of the state of Baden-Württemberg rules that state governments must retain diesel driving bans in their clean air plans if pollution limits exceed the European standard.

Germany’s National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) says that Germany needs a profound shift to a renewable transport system to improve local air quality instead of ineffective diesel driving bans. “Local measures and short-term activism are not very helpful for a sustainable improvement of air quality,” the researchers argue.


Influential German automobile club ADAC says retrofitting manipulated diesel cars with hardware that reduces their output of harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) can greatly increase a vehicle’s fuel consumption and, consequently, its CO2 emissions. In a long-term trial, ADAC tested three different hardware retrofitting systems in a trial aimed at identifying the effects after 50, kilometres travelled. While NOx emissions were reduced across the board by up to 70 percent under warm weather conditions, carbon emissions in all three cases rose more than the 6 percent increase allowed under political guidelines for retrofitting. 

The EU Commission rebuffs a German call for a reappraisal of existing nitrogen oxide limits, a move the Süddeutsche Zeitung describes as a “slap in the face” for transport minister Andreas Scheuer. Scientific findings regarding nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter had repeatedly shown the negative health effects, three EU commissioners wrote in a response to Scheuer, seen by the newspaper. The commissioners said there was a legal obligation to stay below the limits agreed by member countries “including Germany”.

Volkswagen accelerates its rollout of zero-emission cars by launching almost 70 new electric models by The company says the projected number of vehicles to be built on the Group’s electric platforms in the next decade will increase from 15 million to 22 million, and reaffirmed its target to become fully CO2-neutral by Europe’s federation of green mobility NGOs Transport & Enivornment (T&E) called the VW announcement “a game changer for the automotive industry."


Concessions by the EU Commission regarding pollution limits mean some German cities may avoid diesel bans. The EU legal limit of 40 micrograms nitrogen oxide pollution per cubic metre could be extended to 50 micrograms in some cases to ensure that diesel bans only take effect in cities that significantly exceeded pollution limits.

Diesel cars regain market shares for the first time in Germany since the inception of the Dieselgate scandal in late , newspaper Die Welt reports. In January, more than 34 percent of new car registrations in Germany were diesel, an increase of 2 percent over the year before.


Germany's national environment agency UBA says that according to preliminary estimates, pollution in German cities – mainly caused by diesel vehicles – decreased slightly in This was due to local measures such as speed limits, traffic restrictions, renewal of vehicle fleets and the weather, UBA says, adding that many cities still exceeded EU pollution limits.

More than , owners of VW diesel vehicles in Germany join a so-called model lawsuit by consumer associations in order to make the carmaker pay compensation for the victims of emissions manipulations. The legal action had been made possible by new legislation which took effect on 1 November and was hurried through to beat a year-end statute of limitations for claims against VW.


VW says it eyes a phase-out of combustion engines, but will sell conventional cars until the early s. The company’s chief strategist Michael Jost said VW will start to roll out its next-generation gasoline and diesel cars beginning in “We’re gradually fading out combustion engines to the absolute minimum.”

German carmaker association VDA says the share of diesel cars has to rise again in Germany in order to meet the country’s climate targets. While the shift to electric vehicles was well on its way, “the combustion engine will still be needed for some time to come,” according to VDA head Bernhard Mattes.

The German government vows to provide an additional one billion euros to the country’s clean air programme in a bid to prevent diesel driving bans that loom in many German cities.


Germany’s government cabinet decides to amend the federal imissions law to prevent diesel driving bans in cities where nitrogen oxide limits are exceeded by 25 percent (50 micrograms NO2 per cubic meter air instead of 40 micrograms). Under the new law, driving bans will only be seen as a proportionate measure to ensure clean air in cities if they are higher than 50 micrograms.

A court in the western German city of Gelsenkirchen has ordered the first driving ban for older diesel cars on an Autobahn, the German highway famous for its long sections without speed limits.

In a further setback for government efforts to get the diesel crisis under control, the regional administrative court in Western German city Cologne has ordered city authorities in Cologne and in neighbouring Bonn to introduce driving bans for older diesel cars.

An EU ministerial meeting dedicated to the consequences of the diesel scandal is cancelled after German transport minister Andreas Scheuer said he would not be able to participate because of other appointments.

The Volkswagen Group announces investments of nearly 44 billion euros in e-mobility, autonomous driving, digitalisation, and other modernisation measures. In a press release, Germany’s biggest carmaker says it wants to “speed up the pace of innovation” and “make the electric car an affordable option for millions of people.”

German consumer groups file the country’s first class action lawsuit against VW over the emissions cheating scandal. "Volkswagen will remember this day as the moment the kid gloves of the politicians were replaced by the boxing gloves of consumer advocates," says Klaus Mueller of German consumer federation VZBV.


A large majority of Germans is not satisfied with the way the federal government aims to prevent diesel driving bans in inner cities, according to a survey by online pollster YouGov. About two-thirds of respondents said Chancellor Angela Merkel is not standing up decisively enough for the interests of diesel drivers. Almost three-quarters stated that they had no confidence that the government and the car industry would agree on a compromise that could largely prevent driving bans.

German NGO Transport Club Germany (VCD), one of the most vocal critics of German car companies in the ongoing dieselgate emissions fraud scandal, re-includes diesel vehicles in its ranking of eco-friendly cars. New diesel cars complying with Euro 6d-Temp emissions standard “are clean not only on the test stand but also on the road,” the VCD says.

German premium car brand Audi, a division of Volkswagen, says it is fined million euros for violations tied to heavily polluting six and eight-cylinder diesel engines.

Germany’s capital Berlin could be one of the next cities to introduce driving bans for older diesel cars. According to documents by the Berlin Senate, the bans the would affect , vehicles, are “inevitable” and could be introduced in to bring emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) down to legal levels.

Germany’s government decides to reduce diesel car emissions in polluted cities by swapping old models for new ones and retrofitting some older cars. Transport minister Andreas Scheuer and environment minister Svenja Schulze call the deal “a huge step” to improve air quality, to avoid driving bans, and to secure the diesel’s future. But environmental NGOs and media criticise the lack of firm commitments by carmakers and said the agreement was “piecemeal” because the government had “caved into” industry pressure. Only a week later, an article on Spiegel Online says that key elements of the diesel deal have become “practically worthless” because many carmakers continue to reject hardware retrofits, while trade-in incentives remain vague and barely distinguishable from existing discounts.

Neighbouring Luxembourg complains to the European Commission that Germany’s plan to limit diesel hardware retrofits to a few selected regions. The German plan would “create chaos” in the EU and violate the principle of equal treatment of customers and citizens in Europe.

Many diesel cars affected by the looming driving bans in Germany are being exported to eastern Europe and especially to Poland, where anti-pollution policies still are less severe, according to sustainable mobility NGO Transport & Environment (T&E).


German environment minister Svenja Schulze backs away from her call for more ambitious new EU targets for passenger car CO₂ emissions reduction to enable a joint German government position. After a talk with economy minister Peter Altmaier, the environment minister had to “recognise that the economy ministry is not prepared to go further than the [European] Commission proposal” to reduce car emissions by 30 percent by , and by 15 percent by , compared to levels.

Luxury carmaker Porsche – a VW subsidiary – says it will no longer produce cars with diesel engines, and instead focus on expanding its product range with electric or hybrid vehicles.

The European Commission opens an in-depth investigation to assess whether BMW, Daimler and VW colluded, in breach of EU antitrust rules, to avoid competition on the development and roll-out of technology to clean the emissions of petrol and diesel passenger cars.

The Federal Administrative Court rules that Germany’s financial centre, the city of Frankfurt, must introduce a ban on older diesel vehicles as part of a plan to improve air quality.

German Consumer Organisations (vzbv) and auto club ADAC say they will file the first major class action lawsuit in Germany against Volkswagen on 1 November, the day on which class action lawsuits will become permissible in the country.

While experts commissioned by the federal government at the diesel summit in agree that diesel vehicle hardware retrofitting is an effective measure to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, transport minister Scheuer continues to oppose the measure, and confirms that the government will present a plan on how to deal with the issue by the end of September.

German carmakers fight a proposal by the EU Parliament to tighten future fleet emission limits. Industry association VDA called the plans “highly alarming,” “unworkable,” and warns they would lead to the “loss of many jobs in Europe.” The government still struggles to find a common position on the issue.


Petrol cars represent 62 percent of all new registrations in Germany, while the share of diesel cars amounts to 33 percent and the share of purely electric cars stands at percent.

Shares of new car registrations in Germany by vehicle type

Luxury carmaker Daimlerreportedly has to recall about , cars throughout Europe that need to be equipped with a new software, following an order by the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). According to the company, CEO Dieter Zetsche agreed on the recall at a meeting with transport minister Scheuer.

Meanwhile, another report says new VW CEO Herbert Diess knew about his company's emissions fraud software much earlier than he previously conceded. This might constitute a violation of the company's investors' rights. VW, on the other hand, fires several leading employees, including board member and former chief of development, Heinz-Jakob Neusser, for allegedly revealing confidential information about the company's emissions manipulation to prosecutors.


Transport minister Andreas Scheuer remains opposed to  so-called “blue badges” for older diesel cars to facilitate the enforcement of driving bans. “I continue to reject the blue badge and thus the general driving bans,” Scheuer tells journalists in Berlin. The government of Baden-Wurttemberg earlier had met with the federal government to discuss how a planned driving ban in the city of Stuttgart could be implemented.


Daimler’s home town Stuttgart will introduce diesel driving bans across the city by , the state government of Baden-Wurttemberg announces.

VW is fined one billion euros by German prosecutors over the diesel emissions cheating scandal.

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler is arrested and his home raided over allegations that he played a role in the Volkswagen Group’s diesel scandal.

Daimler has to recall nearly , diesel cars after doubts arose over the veracity of the luxury carmaker’s claim that its vehicles had never had emissions-cheating devices. Transport minister Scheuer threatens steep fines unless Daimler agreed to full transparency and cooperation.


Hamburg becomes the first German city to impose diesel driving bans on two selected roads in the city centre. After an initial trial phase, the police begins enforcing the ban at the beginning of June.

The European Commission decides to sue Germany and other countries for failing to take action against excessive air pollution levels in inner cities.

In , most new car technology patents in Germany were registered for diesel and petrol engines, far outnumbering patents for electric vehicles, says a news report. According to the report, German manufacturers registered 2, patents for combustion engines and just for e-cars.


New environment minister Svenja Schulze says that German carmakers have enough money to pay for the retrofitting of cars they had manipulated. The costs are estimated at 1, to 3, euros per car, depending on the model. “What is clear is that the manufacturers have to pay for retrofitting as they have caused this problem,” the Social Democrat says.

Volkswagen appoints VW brand chief Herbert Diess as new CEO after Matthias Müller is ousted by the board of directors.

Chancellor Angela Merkel says the mighty German carmakers had made “serious mistakes” in their handling of the dieselgate affair. “The customer or taxpayer cannot be made accountable for that,” she says, stopping short of naming concrete steps that she expects the companies to take to compensate their customers.

New transport minister Andreas Scheuer says Germany’s clean air programmes agreed on at the national diesel summit in would become “export hits.”

In March , diesel registrations fall by over 25 percent compared to the same month in the previous year, the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) says.


A study conducted by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) finds that declining diesel sales do not threaten the EU’s emissions reduction targets. The alleged climate advantages of diesel cars were a major argument for the government’s support of the technology.

Chancellor Angela Merkel says solving the diesel crisis and preventing driving were tantamount to “squaring the circle.” Meanwhile, diesel registrations in the country continues to fall unabatedly, and only 13 percent of respondents to a survey say they would buy a car equipped with the technology.  

Andreas Scheuer, a conservative politician (CSU), is appointed as Germany’s new transport minister. In his maiden speech in parliament, the car-loving politician from Bavaria says people should have “no panic" as there would be "no bans” for diesel cars and signals that he does not intend to increase government pressure on the car industry.

A report compiled by the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament finds that the divergence between type approval and real-world emission values cost Germany billion euros in lost motor vehicle tax revenues in Type approval CO₂ emission values turned out to be “a seriously flawed tax base,” the Greens said.

A study published by Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) finds that nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, the central factor in the dieselagte emissions fraud scandal, pose a “significant burden” on human health and cause thousands of premature deaths in the country every year. “Diesel cars are clearly a significant reason for the harmful nitrogen oxides in the air,” says UBA president Maria Krautzberger.

Shortly after a court ruling paved the way for imposing driving bans in Germany’s inner cities, VW CEO Matthias Müller says his company is of “systemic” relevance for the entire country. He says VW could not afford to pay billions of euros for mechanical retrofitting of manipulated cars in Germany as it was already burdened by fines in the US.


Court ruling opens door for diesel bans in German cities - German cities may ban diesel cars from polluted areas following a landmark court ruling. In a major blow to German carmakers still heavily relying on diesel car sales, and a victory for environmentalists, one of Germany’s top courts said on Tuesday (27 February) driving bans are legally admissible to enforce EU clean air rules.

The NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH) has said it is sceptical of government efforts to prevent the looming driving bans on diesel cars in inner cities, as well as a lawsuit by the European Union over excessive air pollution. Ahead of the crucial ruling by Germany's administrative court in Leipzig on 22 February on whether or not diesel driving bans in polluted cities are legally admissible, says it is “curious to see” what the court will decide. The DUH acted as the plaintiff that set the ball rolling on driving bans by launching legal proceedings in the city of Stuttgart.

Just a day before the ruling, Germany's most influential car club ADAC said mechanical retrofitting of polluting diesel cars is “indispensable” for avoiding driving bans. The ADAC stated it carried out tests with retrofitted cars which had shown that cutting air pollution with nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions “is not only possible but also highly effective.”

A survey by pollster YouGov revealed that Germans are split over driving bans. Less than half (43 percent) of those surveyed said they approve of blocking out diesel cars from inner cities while about the same proportion of respondents regarded bans to be “bad or very bad” in certain urban areas. Less than a third of respondents said they were very concerned that NOx pollution from diesel fumes could damage their health.


Volkswagen suspends its chief lobbyist, Thomas Steg, following reports that the company helped funding tests in which researchers studied the effects of substances contained in diesel emissions on monkeys and humans. In a statement, the company said it would "draw the first consequences" of the tests after these had been publicly condemned by the German government and VW head Matthias Müller. Müller said "Mister Steg has declared to assume full responsibility" for the tests and VW accepted his request to be put on leave.

The European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector (EUGT), a joint research group funded by BMW, Daimler and VW had tested the toxic effects of diesel fumes from manipulated cars on monkeys in the US in , a report by the New York Times reveals. In their first reactions, the German carmakers condemned the tests, saying the treatment of the animals by violated their ethical standards.
A further report by Stuttgarter Zeitung says the EUGT also conducted tests on humans. At the University of Aachen "25 young and healthy people were examined after having inhaled nitrogen dioxide in different concentrations over several hours," the report says.

Meanwhile, a study by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) said ten German cities considerably exceed EU nitrogen oxide, making diesel driving bans more likely in , newspaper Tagesspiegel reports. A crucial ruling by Germany’s Federal Administrative Court expected on 22 February could determine whether German cities could use diesel driving bans to stay within EU air quality limits.


NGO Environmental Action German (DUH) accused BMW of using an illegal defeat device to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in one of its diesel models. The carmaker rejected the accusations and insisted that it did not use such devices. Germany’s transport ministry instructed the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) to look into the matter. According to DUH, the car’s exhaust cleaning mechanism is throttled as soon as the engine exceeds revolutions per minute, and is completely switched off beyond rpm. DUH said this was illegal because it affected normal driving conditions.

Registrations of new diesel cars fell by 17 percent in Germany in November compared to the same month in , according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). The share of new cars sold with diesel engines now stands at 34 percent.


At a second meeting with representatives from states and municipalities on 28 November, the chancellery repeated its willingness to set up an ad-hoc programme worth one billion euros to improve air quality in German cities. The money would be made available “as off tomorrow”, Merkel told the summit. The money will be used on the electrification of vehicles such as public buses and digitalisation measures in traffic management systems in communities with high nitrogen oxide emissions, a paper by the chancellery states. Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated after the summit that it was in the “highest interest” to avoid diesel car driving bans in German cities.
Michael Ebling, major of the city of Mainz, said in a statement that federal support had to continue after and that “the elephant in the room”, i.e. the car industry had to present alternative engines more quickly.
Merkel said she wanted to include the ad-hoc programme in pending talks to form a new government, dpa reports.

In Feburary the Federal Administrative Court will rule on the need for driving bans to limit NOx emissions.

The government's handling of the dieselgate scandal is given bad grades by the German public. In a survey by the Federation of German Consumer Organisations, two thirds of respondents say that the commitment by the government to get past the diesel scandal was bad or very bad. Nearly as many say the carmakers performance in the wake of the scandal was equally poor.

Environmental organisation DUH says it will expand its legal action over air pollution from diesel cars to several more German cities. It called on 42 other cities to prepare for bans on diesel cars that could take effect after a Stuttgart court ruled that such bans, demanded by the DUH, were legally warranted if diesel cars are not retrofitted to reduce NOx emissions by

The European Union announces new carbon emissions reduction targets that are perceived as favourable for the car industry. According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s chief car lobbyist Matthias Wissmann (VDA), personally intervened at the EU Commission to water down the new emissions targets "as if dieselgate had never happened".

The transition in the transport sector emerges as a major issue in Germany's coalition talks between the environmentalist Green Party, the pro-business FDP and Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU alliance. A concession made by the Greens to relinquish their demand to ban new registrations of combustion engines by is ridiculed by conservative transport minister Alexander Dobrindt as "giving up a silly end date" that had "never been up for debate".


VW CEO Matthias Müller says electric mobility "will see a global tipping point around ", adding that his company would play a leading role in this transition. “Anyone who believes the glory days of the German car industry are over is wrong,” Müller said. VW would also continue to further develop diesel engines, Müller said.

Diesel car registrations in Germany continue to fall, standing percent lower in September than one year before, the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) says.

The Green-led government of Germany's southern state Baden-Wuerttemberg, home to carmakers Daimler and Porsche, lodges an appeal against the court ruling that found inner-city driving bans for polluting cars permissible. The plaintiff, the Environmental Action Germany (DUH), welcomed the appeal saying it would accelerate the process of reaching a final decision.


In her opening speech at the Frankfurt car show (IAA), Chancellor Angela Merkel says carmakers have “excessively exploited loopholes” in regulations and need to rebuild trust not only for their own sake, but also for Germany as a whole. The head of the German car industry association VDA, Matthias Wissmann, argues in his speech that EU nitrogen dioxide (NO2) limits were too strict and should be relaxed.

German carmakers accelerate their plans for e-mobility at the show  [For details, see the factsheets Dieselgate forces VW to embrace green mobility, Reluctant Daimler plans “radical” push into new mobility world, and Early e-car starter BMW plans new mobility sprint]. "We have got the message and we will deliver,” says VW CEO Matthias Müller.

But while carmakers talk a lot about their future plans for e-mobility at the IAA, large diesel SUVs dominate new models that are soon available in showrooms.

Daimler and BMW are ranked among the most influential companies that “delay or dilute efficiency and CO2 emissions standards and procedures both in Europe and North America” by British think tank InfluenceMap.

Meanwhile, diesel car sales in Germany continue their decline – their share of new registrations fell by almost 14 percent year-on-year in August, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA).

At a another “diesel summit” with mayors of over 30 German cities and municipalities affected by high levels of air pollution, Merkel says it is the intention of the federal government and local administrations to avoid looming driving bans for specific car models “by all means.” However, she concedes that the challenges for the government as well as for the German industry were significant.


The NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH) initiates several additional legal proceedings on emissions limits in German cities, bringing the total number of affected cities to

Environment minister Barbara Hendricks says the software updates for diesel cars exceeding emission limits agreed on at the national “diesel summit” in early August can only be “a first step” and need to be followed by technical retrofitting of the engines.

Merkel voices support for the idea of banning internal combustion engine cars sometime in the future, as planned by other European countries, such as France and the UK. “I cannot name a specific date now, but the approach is right, because if we invest more in charging infrastructure and technology for e-cars fast, a general transition will structurally be possible”, Merkel says in an interview.

At the first “diesel summit” with the German government in August , VW, Daimler and BMW pledge to install emissions control software updates in about 5 million diesel passenger cars, offer buyer’s premiums for customers switching away from an old diesel, and bear half the cost of a million-euro fund for city mobility concepts. But the commitment was widely seen as a “win for the car industry” in its efforts to prevent driving bans looming in German cities.


German carmakers make a proposal on how to retrofit older diesel cars with a software update that reduces exhaust emissions from Euro 5 vehicles by an average 25 percent. Matthias Wissmann, head of the Association of German Carmakers (VDA), says “we need to avoid driving bans”.

The VDA wants to present its proposal at the "National Forum Diesel" in early August. The summit is aimed at bringing the carmakers and Germany’s ministries for transport and for the environment together to identify ways to ensure that emission limits are respected in the future and that customer confidence is regained.

Media reports say Daimler has manipulated more than one million cars sold in Europe and the US.

EU Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska warns carmakers that they must withdraw millions of manipulated diesel vehicles from circulation across the EU if they are not fully retrofitted by the end of the year.

News magazine Der Spiegel reports that Germany’s most important carmakers have violated anti-trust laws by regularly meeting since the s to agree on prices, suppliers, and technological standards – including exhaust emission control systems for diesel cars.

Transport minister Alexander Dobrindt announces a recall of 22, Porsche Cayenne and orders a registration moratorium for new vehicles after tests by the ministry (BMVi) and the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) found potentially illegal emissions software.

A court in Daimler’s hometown Stuttgart rules that driving bans to curb air pollution are permissible, possibly setting a precedent for numerous other German cities where Environmental Action Germany (DUH) has filed similar lawsuits.


Allegations against VW’s subsidiary Porsche arise. Prosecutors say the luxury brand manipulated the emission values of its successful Cayenne model. Porsche denies the allegations.

US authorities issue search warrants against five former VW managers for allegedly conspiring to commit fraud and  for violating US environmental guidelines.


VW CEO Müller says “diesel is part of the solution, not of the problem”.

Prosecutors search several offices of carmaker Daimler over allegations that the Stuttgart-based company used manipulation devices similar to those used by VW.


EU Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska says that diesel engines will disappear much sooner than previously thought.


Prosecutors search VW’s Wolfsburg headquarters, as well as that of its subsidiary Audi in Munich and of an US lawfirm VW hired, looking for evidence on about 80, diesel Audi cars destined for the US market, which had allegedly been equipped with defeat devices. Volkswagen calls the raids “unacceptable” and announces its intention to pursue legal action to defend itself.


Ferdinand Piech, former head of VW’s Board of Directors, tells prosecutors that CEO Winterkorn had been informed about the engine manipulation long before the scandal broke.

VW's Board of Directors announces that it will cap future executive wages at ten million euros per year.


Despite the emissions scandal, Volkswagen becomes the world’s largest carmaker, selling million vehicles in

The company reaches a settlement with the US authorities. It agrees to pay about billion euros in fines and admits to being guilty of breaching US law.

Former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn, meanwhile, tells the German parliament that he had “no early and unequivocal notification about the testing problems”.


VW reaches an agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Customers can decide whether they want to have their vehicles retrofitted or bought back by the company.


VW presents its reform package “Transform +”, projecting several billion euros in investment in alternative engines and cuts of about 30, jobs globally.


A VW engineer tells a US court that work on emissions manipulation already began in After reaching a settlement with retailers and customers in the US, VW’s liabilities in the country reach billion euros.

Allegations against supplier Bosch of being involved in the affair become more substantial, with documents used in a US court saying manipulations in emissions tests had been “an open secret” between VW and its subcontractor.


The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) gives permission for  the recall of about two million vehicles across Europe.

Norway’s state fund, a major VW shareholder, announces to sue the company for over million euros in compensation. Fines and compensation payments in the US, meanwhile, amount to billion euros.


According to media reports, VW plans to build its own battery factory in Germany to decrease its dependence on Asian producers.


VW sets aside billion euros for compensation payments and fines. Bonus payments for the management are – temporarily – cut by 30 percent.


According to NDR, WDR, and Süddeutsche Zeitung, Volkswagen’s management knew about the manipulation software since at least August Since the public was informed by the US authorities only in September, the company apparently held back the information intentionally.

VW announces its intention to axe one in ten of its administrative positions.


The US Justice Department sues VW and its subsidiaries Audi and Porsche over their use of emissions-cheating software and for violating climate protection regulations. CEO Müller, meanwhile, argues that the manipulation was down to “a mistake the company’s engineers had not been aware of”.


Hans Dieter Pötsch, head of VW’s Management Board, comments on the affair for the first time: “Nobody could have imagined that our company would ever get into a situation that we experience since September”. CEO Müller says “the crisis will be the catalyst for change that Volkswagen needs”.

The European Parliament decides to set up an inquiry committee to investigate the role of the Commission and the member states in the affair.


The EPA says further VW models have been manipulated. The company admits that it not only cheated on NOx, but also on CO2 emissions. The European Commission demands information on actual CO2 emission levels.

VW proposes a plan for dealing with the affair in the US. German authorities agree to a national retrofitting scheme. VW announces it will suspend production in several factories.


France and several other states say they will start investigations into possible fraud by VW; a private investor files the first lawsuit in Germany for alleged losses incurred due to the affair.

German weekly Bild am Sonntag reports that VW engineers admitted to having installed the manipulation equipment in diesel engines in The reasons cited were irreconcilable emission limits and cost constraints.

VW CEO Müller says his company has to brace for tough cuts. German prosecutors search VW’s headquarters and other offices. VW admits that it also manipulated cars sold in China.

Michael Horn, CEO of Volkswagen US, says he knew about the manipulation already in

NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH) announces its intention to press charges if authorities do not oblige VW to recall its affected vehicles.

German authorities demand that VW recalls million diesel cars in the country. VW voluntarily expands the recall to million cars in Europe.

VWsales slip globally. The company says it expects job cuts, and opens a new Compliance Department.


The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accuses VW of installing illegal manipulation devices. VW admits to this, but remains reluctant to share further information with the public.

The scale of manipulation expands as the US Justice Department commences with its investigations. At least half a million cars are said to be affected in the US alone; VW’s stocks plunge.

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt says he only learned about the allegations “from the newspapers”.

Allegations against supplier Bosch arise, claiming that the company had programmed the manipulation software. Bosch denies the allegations.

VW CEO Martin Winterkorn resigns, insisting he did not know about the manipulation devices. Former Porsche CEO Matthias Müller takes over as head of VW.

At the end of the month, VW says that defeat devices were installed in over two million cars made by subsidiaries Audi and Skoda, and in VW utility vehicles. The company says that that billion euros reserved for dealing with the affair will likely not be enough.

The head of the German Carmakers’ Association (VDA), Matthias Wissmann, complains that an “anti-diesel lobby, which is led by non-governmental organisations” tried to discredit the technology.

According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, emissions manipulation software has been used by VW as early as   The decision, the newspaper says, had been made in the engine development department of VW’s Wolfsburg headquarters. It also reports that supplier Bosch allegedly sent a written warning to the carmaker against the illegal use of its technology

A study conducted by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) reveals excessive emission volumes in several VW cars sold in the US.

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre finds that the levels of harmful nitrogen dioxide (NOx) emissions exceed the EU levels by up to 14 times in different car models while testing exhaust emissions under gas under real road operating conditions.

The EU introduces new rules for carmakers that prohibit so-called “defeat devices” – software that manipulate exhaust emissions depending on whether the car runs on a test stand or on the road.

Etv Scandal! Thursday, 21 April 2016

Volkswagen, Hit by Emissions Scandal, Posts Its First Loss in Years

Volkswagen set aside a huge sum to help cover the expected damage from the company’s emissions-cheating scandal.

FRANKFURT — A remarkable period of growth ended at Volkswagen on Wednesday when the carmaker reported its first quarterly loss in at least 15 years and began the costly process of absorbing the expense of fixing millions of cars designed to cheat on emissions tests.

The day also was the end of a defining era of Volkswagen ambition. Matthias Müller, the new chief executive, signaled that the company would no longer be focused on becoming the world’s largest carmaker.

He said on Wednesday that sales would cease to be an overriding measure of success. In another shift, he also said that top executives at company headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, who had been criticized for micromanaging, would no longer get involved in details of product design.

Mr. Müller’s statement represents a clear break from his predecessor, Martin Winterkorn, who resigned in late September after the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States disclosed that Volkswagen diesel cars were equipped with software that could detect when a car was being tested and crank up pollution controls.

After he became chief executive in , Mr. Winterkorn declared his determination to make Volkswagen the world’s largest carmaker, overtaking Toyota. He was known for his intense attention to the technical fine points of the vehicles the company produced.

“A lot of things were subordinated to the desire to be faster, higher, larger,” Mr. Müller said in a conference call with analysts and reporters on Wednesday. He also said, “I have no intention of intervening in the details of product design.”

Mr. Winterkorn’s management style, coupled with a relentless drive for growth, is cited by some critics of the company as a contributing factor to the scandal by impeding open communication and perhaps causing subordinates to cheat rather than admit failure.

The earnings report on Wednesday provided a first taste of the financial cost to Volkswagen of its past behavior. The company said it had a net loss of $ billion in the third quarter as it set aside a huge sum to help cover the expected damage from the company’s emissions-cheating scandal.

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It was the first quarterly loss in as long as anyone could remember. A company spokesman said that internal records went back only to Previously, Volkswagen did not report quarterly earnings. The loss, totaling billion euros, was in contrast to a profit of € billion in the third quarter of

Volkswagen subtracted € billion from profit to cover the expense of recalling and repairing about nine million cars in Europe and the United States equipped with the illegal software.

That sum does not cover the cost of fines Volkswagen is likely to have to pay to the E.P.A. and to other authorities around the world. Volkswagen also faces hundreds of lawsuits from customers who say the company sold them cars based on a false promise.

“It is still far too early to calculate the cost of legal measures,” Frank Witter, the chief financial officer, said in the conference call on Wednesday.

The company said it expected profit for full-year “to be down significantly” from Volkswagen shares rose on Wednesday, but the stock is down more than 20 percent since the emissions cheating became known on Sept.

During tests, the Volkswagen diesel engines with illegal software make full use of pollution controls and can pass emissions tests. But during regular operation, the engines emit many times the allowed amount of nitrogen oxide.

Because the deception became known less than two weeks before the end of the most recent reporting period, the third-quarter results provide only a glimpse of the fallout. Volkswagen executives said on Wednesday that they had not seen any signs that the damage to the company’s reputation from the scandal had kept buyers away from showrooms. But they added they were closely watching for possible negative effects in the months to come.

Volkswagen said it had an operating loss of € billion in the quarter, compared with an operating profit of € billion a year earlier. The loss was partly offset by € billion in profit the company received for selling its nearly 20 percent stake in the Japanese vehicle maker Suzuki in September.

Sales in the quarter rose percent to € billion, Volkswagen said, largely because of gains by its Audi, Bentley and Porsche divisions and favorable currency movements. However, the number of vehicles sold slipped to million in the quarter from million a year earlier.

The recent sales data showed that Volkswagen was vulnerable even before the scandal. Sales have been slumping in China, the company’s largest market, and other important markets like Brazil, which is in a severe recession.

Shortly after the conference call Wednesday, Mr. Müller joined Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany on a trip to China. He was expected to brief her on Volkswagen’s response to the scandal.

Volkswagen this year briefly surpassed Toyota in the number of cars produced, but has since slipped back to No. 2. Mr. Müller said that while size was important — it allowed car companies to spread costs of development over more vehicles — Volkswagen would put more emphasis on factors like customer satisfaction and profitability.

“The point is not whether we sell , more or less than a major competitor,” he said.

Mr. Müller said that Volkswagen was conducting its own investigation of how the emissions cheating occurred, but provided no new details on the progress of the inquiry. “We need to find out the truth and learn from it,” he said.

Volkswagen had advertised that its “clean diesel” motors were environmentally responsible while delivering excellent fuel economy and performance. But the deceptive software made that economy and performance possible only by allowing the engines to emit up to 40 times the allowable limit of nitrogen oxide, an air pollutant that can be harmful to lungs.

The German government has ordered Volkswagen to recall million vehicles in Europe with the software, and the company has said it will repair an additional , in the United States at no cost to customers. But it remains unclear how the company can make the cars compliant with air quality regulations without also hurting performance and fuel economy.

Any fix that hurts the cars’ resale value will provide ammunition to disgruntled customers and their lawyers.

Mr. Müller has raised the possibility of job cuts because of the cost of the scandal and has said Volkswagen will cut spending on new projects. The company employs , people worldwide.

Analysts say that Volkswagen, which said on Wednesday it had €28 billion in cash on hand, can probably absorb the financial blow of the scandal. But spending on crucial new technologies like self-driving cars could suffer at a time when the industry faces potential new competition from Google and Apple. Both companies have been working on car-related projects.

“The financial burden from the diesel crisis is enormous but manageable,” Mr. Witter, the chief financial officer, said.


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Researchers find that two Volkswagen diesels — a Jetta and a Passat — emit far more nitrogen oxide on the road than expected. They alert the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Until December, while regulators investigate, Volkswagen denies there is a problem and offers explanations why the road tests don't match expectations. Volkswagen begins a voluntary recall of about , vehicles in the United States. Through July, CARB performs followup tests and finds limited benefits from the recall. E.P.A. says it won’t certify VW’s diesels until the company can explain the discrepancies. A VW executive for the first time tells E.P.A. and CARB officials of the company's deceptions. The executive committee of Volkswagen’s board recommends that Martin Winterkorn’s contract as chief executive be extended. In a call with E.P.A. and CARB, VW officials detail how its cars contain a defeat device that cuts emissions when the car is being tested in a lab. The E.P.A. announces VW's violation and the news makes headlines worldwide. Mr. Winterkorn resigns, saying, “as C.E.O., I accept responsibility" but adding that he is “not aware of any wrongdoing on my part.” The board names Matthias Müller, from the company’s Porsche unit, as chief executive. The company suspends several executives and announces a restructuring. Several VW board members describe learning of the violations not from company executives but from news reports.


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