Volkswagen is going to demand compensation from former CEO Martin Winterkorn for the diesel scandal that has already cost the German automaker more than 30 billion euros. Former CEO Rupert Stadler of VW subsidiary Audi can also expect a summons. According to Volkswagen lawyers, the two have neglected their duty to protect the company.
According to Volkswagen, the now 73-year-old Winterkorn did not explain why the automaker used inadmissible software to artificially reduce the emissions of diesel engines in test situations. He also failed to ensure that questions from the US authorities on this matter were answered promptly, fairly and completely. Stadler (58) should have investigated whether the diesel engines that Audi developed used the banned cheating software.
This software ensured that under certain circumstances the engine settings were adjusted so that the emission of harmful substances was lower. Those conditions were consistent with the tests used worldwide to measure car emissions. In normal use, the cars were more polluting than what Volkswagen claimed.
Winterkorn is being charged with fraud in the United States, where the cheating software was discovered. However, Germany does not extradite its residents. A criminal investigation is also underway in Germany against Winterkorn and Stadler. Other drivers of Volkswagen and Audi can also be charged there.
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