The Volkswagen Group has wrapped a multiyear internal investigation concerning Dieselgate, and it says it will attempt to pry compensation from previous CEO Martin Winterkorn and previous Audi CEO Rupert Stadler to compensate for some of the enormous financial harms that came about because of the emissions cheating scandal.
The law firm Volkswagen employed to play out the investigation covered in excess of 65 petabytes of information, including approximately 480 million documents. About 1.6 million of those files were “identified as relevant, screened and reviewed,” the German automaker says. The law office likewise performed 1,550 interviews and investigated files from prosecutorial and judicial procedures all throughout the world that came because of the organization’s activities. The internal probe was “by far the most comprehensive and complex investigation carried out in a company in German economic history,” Volkswagen composes.
Winterkorn left running Volkswagen back in September 2015, very quickly after news broke of the scandal. He was subsequently captured in Germany and blamed for not simply knowing the organization’s diesel vehicles had software that fooled regulators, however for sitting on the Environmental Protection Agency’s disclosure of the cheat for a year. Winterkorn has likewise been charged in the US however is probably not going to at any point be removed. He stays being investigated in Germany.
Stadler was arrested in 2018 by German authorities, which made Audi push back the uncover of its first all-electric vehicle, the E-Tron. Stadler was subsequently constrained out of his role by Volkswagen.
Volkswagen said Friday that it’s likewise looking for harms from four other previous board members: Ulrich Hackenberg and Stefan Knirsch (Audi), Wolfgang Hatz (Porsche), and Heinz-Jakob Neusser (Volkswagen) — the last of whom has been criminally charged by the Department of Justice.
The investigation’s end is something Volkswagen will without a doubt highlight pushing ahead any time Dieselgate is raised. The organization has spent the last five or more years since the scandal broke attempting to remove itself from its misleading and unsafe activities, and at numerous actions, has attempted to pin it to singular actors. (The previous CEO of its American division once testified to Congress in 2015 that it was the work of “a couple software engineers who [did it] for whatever reasons.” He resigned five months later.)
In any event, Volkswagen is currently the greatest legacy automaker making the most deliberate drive into electric vehicles, and it as of late expanded its interest in the space to $86 billion.