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Impact on German economy: I live in Bamberg and Bosch has a 7500 employees here producing components for combustion engines including 4000 workers producing diesel pumps and injectors. This past April, thousands of Bosch workers protested the climate policies, ie anti diesel policies. Here is an article about the situation , it’s in german so google translate: https://www.google.de/amp/s/www.br.de/nachrichten/amp/bayern/bosch-mitarbeiter-demonstrieren-in-bamberg,RMeCrhc

The impact: Over past year, 100 shifts were reduced because of reduced diesel demand. over the next 10 year half the diesel work force may be reduced so that will have s real impact on the local economy.

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Thanks for the article - it is a every week process of people fearing to lose the job. I tell you it will be much more worse: They will! The German car makers made billions every year without changing technology to cleaner models. They made billions by shouting out worldwide to have a "clean Diesel" - which was the largest fraud in Germany since WWII. The politicians of Germany were singing along the path - and never heard the big "bang". So are today's sentences of "change" quite laughable and at least 25 years too late.
Have a look at the latest sentences from German courts against VW, Porsche, Daimler - the thing looks not bright for Diesel makers. But they still show more new "muscle cars"... As always?
Then have look on German streets and highways - a pain! And the car makers want to put more one man heavy vehicles on their way. We just can admit that: there is NO way: even the e-scooter on bus lanes - propaganda from Minister Scheuer - will not omit any chaos. No solutions from Germany - no money to gain in the future - that easy.
I just can say - even I am an optimist - this fall the German industry will be really at the edge. If I were young I would never get into this business. Today's jobs are in climate industry.
What it means for our DAX traders: be aware to see much lower prices before mid year 2020. Recession ahead.

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Actual court results here (German): https://www.test.de/Abgasskandal-4918330-5092247/
More of those to come

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South Korea wants to revoke the import license for Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel cars due to the installation of banned exhaust software. In addition, the Ministry of the Environment announced that it would impose fines in the millions on Audi Volkswagen Korea and Porsche Korea and file criminal charges with the public prosecutor's office. Prohibited software for emission control had been found on three Audi models and one VW and one Porsche model each. Audi and Porsche also belong to the Volkswagen group.

Audi Volkswagen would face a fine of 7.9 billion won (5.9 million euros), Porsche four billion won. In total, more than 10,200 cars are affected, including 6,656 from Audi alone, which were sold between May 2015 and January 2018. The models will no longer be sold in South Korea.

It is about the models A6 40 TDI, A6 50 TDI and A7 50 TDI from Audi, two types of the VW Touareg and one of the Porsche Cayenne. In September 2015, VW had admitted that it had equipped around eleven million diesel vehicles worldwide with software for manipulating exhaust emission values.

Just to make it clear: the Asian markets which are most important for VW with several production plants in different asian countries will be in danger with those news...

The investor in VW stocks is now in the eye of the hurricane.

Source: German news channel n-tv.de, translated into english

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Today it was announced that Daimler accepted a large fine for a defeat device in recent high class diesel limousines:

"The public prosecutor's office in Stuttgart has issued a fine of 870 million euros in the course of the diesel scandal against the car manufacturer Daimler. According to the public prosecutor's office, the reason is a negligent violation of the duty of supervision in a department concerned with vehicle certification."

According to a source Daimler will pay within 6 weeks the total sum to Baden Württemberg / Germany

diff. sources from German Newspapers today - translated

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It is about the top VW managers Winterkorn, Diess and Poetsch.

"The public prosecutor's office in Braunschweig brought three charges on Tuesday: against VW CEO Herbert Diess, his predecessor Martin Winterkorn and the Chairman of the Supervisory Board and former CFO Hans Dieter Pötsch. The three top managers were accused of having informed their shareholders far too late about the diesel scandal and the threat of billions in fines, with the intention of avoiding or at least delaying a fall in the share price. If this is the case, then the offence of "deliberate market manipulation", which is punishable by law with up to five years imprisonment, would be committed."

Translated from different german newspapers

Looks so that those persons no longer can travel abroad.
To be clear - all 3 still deny to have done any wrong decision in the past.
Of course all their decisions led to the immediate strong down of VW stocks in all of the stock markets

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DETROIT (awp international) - In the exhaust scandal of the car manufacturer Fiat Chrysler for the first time an accused manager of US prosecutors was arrested. The man is accused of being part of a conspiracy to deceive authorities, customers and the public about the true emissions of diesel cars. This is apparent from Tuesday's court documents.
From marketscreener

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Yesterday some news (internally long known) came out that DAIMLER has implemented a forbidden defeat device in cars with motor OM651 which are installed in GLK models as well as in the larger Sprinter delivery vans.

Translation from German "Der Spiegel" yesterday:
"According to the authorities ("KBA = Kraftfahrbundesamt"), Daimler has used an inadmissible exhaust technology in hundreds of thousands of other diesel vehicles. The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) issued a corresponding recall notice, Daimler announced on Friday evening. According to the information, an average six-digit number of Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Europe equipped with the somewhat older Euro 5 diesel engine with the designation OM651 are probably affected."

Even Daimler wanted to "cooperate" it looks no good for a premium carmaker who said always never had been cheating...
Those cars burning fuel have ended anyway - just the German carmakers are squeezing out any € as long they can.

It is a fact that the exportation from Germany to the world came down extremely last month. Of course that industry will have strong disadvantages when the do not follow known industry rules they had made ok in the past.

Impact:
What it means is a strong uncertainty for investors into German car makers in next time. Other world carmakers have already well selling models without combustion motors in the channel.

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Saw this on Twitter today... Not a pretty picture for VW



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Thanks @SMCJB

Here some more details about the actual "spending" for the greatest scammers in Germany's companies. LOL
Translated from German Newspaper FOCUS:

Saturday, 30 April, 10.39 a.m.: In addition to their millions in salaries, the members of the Board of Management of the VW Group also receive substantial additional retirement benefits - just like top managers of other companies. While the annual payments from the active time of the board members are often the subject of public criticism, pension benefits are hardly the focus of attention. But they also have a lot to offer: the VW Group has set aside almost a quarter of a billion euros (243 million euros) for retired members of the Board of Management as of 2015, as the latest balance sheet shows.

The pension alone for Martin Winterkorn, the Group boss who resigned due to the diesel scandal, had a cash value of 28.6 million euros at the end of 2015. In its latest issue, "Der Spiegel" reports that Volkswagen guarantees its board members more pensions than any other DAX company. According to the Hamburg magazine, there are six representatives of the VW Group among the ten managers with the highest pension commitments in the German Dax top league.

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" Volkswagen plans to build its new Southeast Europe plant in Manisa near Izmir, Turkey. After the invasion of Northern Syria by Turkish troops, the project could still be shaky. A VW spokesman told SPIEGEL that the project was currently in the "final phase" of planning, but that the development in Northern Syria was being observed "very closely and with great concern". First the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" had reported about it.

After a long search and tough negotiations in Turkey, the group intends to manufacture the Passat and Skoda Superb in the future, primarily for export to Eastern Europe. The estimated investment volume is expected to be up to 1.5 billion euros. At the end of August, the VW supervisory board had already made a fundamental decision for the new plant in western Anatolia.

Up to 300,000 vehicles could be produced in Turkey."

So this new 1,5 billion investment might be harshly stopped... Of course a nonsense to get into risk as long Erdowan is rambling around.

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From a German newspaper (translated):

"According to an N-TV report, the Australian federal judge Lindsay Forster described a settlement negotiated with the local consumer protection authority according to which VW would pay a total of 75 million Australian dollars (almost 50 million euros, i.e. around 750 dollars per car) because of the approximately 100,000 scandalous cars delivered to Australia as "outrageous". This is far from sufficient. Normally such settlements pass through the courts in Australia without a hitch. Forster, however, announced that he would not approve the settlement. Above all, he considered it outrageous that VW was not prepared to make an admission of guilt. VW had asserted that 75 million Australian dollars was a lot of money. In addition, the company had to pay about the same amount for the cars there. Forster opposed this: The fraud at Volkswagen exceeded every measure in terms of the scope, consequences and deliberateness of the infringement. An organization as large and powerful as Volkswagen should not get away with it so cheaply."

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" Volkswagen plans to build its new Southeast Europe plant in Manisa near Izmir, Turkey. After the invasion of Northern Syria by Turkish troops, the project could still be shaky. A VW spokesman told SPIEGEL that the project was currently in the "final phase" of planning, but that the development in Northern Syria was being observed "very closely and with great concern". First the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" had reported about it. ....

Up to 300,000 vehicles could be produced in Turkey."

So this new 1,5 billion investment might be harshly stopped... Of course a nonsense to get into risk as long Erdowan is rambling around.

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VW had postponed the decision (end of February) to start in Manisa Turkey with a new VW production center.
Corona will be a second hint to bury this project as demand of new cars runs sharply down.

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An important day for VW today at the EuGH (European High court)

"Consumers and lawyers are looking forward to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg in the VW diesel exhaust scandal. Advocate-General Eleanor Sharpston intends to make her opinion in French proceedings against VW on 30 April 2020 (Case C-693/18). Is an impermissible cut-off device installed in the EA 189 engine? Has VW deceived consumers? When is a cut-off device to protect the engine permissible? A total of nine proceedings in the exhaust gas scandal are pending at the ECJ. In the opinion of the law firm Dr. Stoll & Sauer Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, two of them could give the car manufacturer a diesel gate 2.0. This is because the software update for the EA 189 is under scrutiny. VW has installed the update in order to adapt the exhaust gas purification in the engine to EU standards."

We will soon read the news about the outcoming of those 9 proceedings and the verdict(s).
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European Court of Justice hearing (VW)

For VW it looks like a defeat in the diesel exhaust scandal before the European Court of Justice ECJ. In the first VW case (Case No. C-693/18), Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston made it clear that VW had tampered with the EA 189 diesel engine in an inadmissible manner and thus violated EU law. As a rule, the Court of First Instance follows the Advocates-General's conclusions. A decision is expected shortly. "Great. In the fifth year of the exhaust emissions scandal, a victory for consumers is looming," Dr. Ralf Stoll of the law firm Dr. Stoll & Sauer Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH was pleased to report. In Stoll's opinion, the car manufacturers could lose across the board. After all, according to Sharpston, the software update for the EA 189 and the so-called "thermal window", which is used in millions of vehicles from most car manufacturers, are ultimately an impermissible shutdown device. "Dieselgate 2.0 would be perfect if the court follows the final motion", Stoll summarizes. "Millions of consumers have been harmed and could sue for their rights."

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The full summary can be found here (german): https://www.vw-schaden.de/sites/default/files/2020-04/Sharpston_Schlussantrag.pdf

plus an abstract in english of what Sharpston elaborated (translation):
"Sharpston notes that Regulation 715/2007 requires car manufacturers to ensure that vehicles comply with the prescribed emission limits throughout their normal period of use, which implies that vehicles must function safely within these limits. While it cannot be excluded that the operation of an emission control system may have a negative impact on the life or reliability of the engine (in the long term), this does not justify deactivating the system during normal vehicle operation under normal conditions of use simply to protect the engine against wear and tear or progressive pollution, which would render the Regulation ineffective in practice. The Advocate General therefore takes the view that only direct risks of damage which affect the reliability of the engine and constitute a specific risk in the steering of the vehicle can justify the presence of a cut-off device.
Advocate General Sharpston considers that the objective of delaying engine wear or fouling does not justify the use of a shutdown device, and explains that it will be for the national court to determine whether the device in question falls within that exception, but notes that, according to the expert appointed by the national court, the EGR system 'does not destroy the engine' but may degrade engine performance in use and accelerate fouling, making maintenance work 'more frequent and costly'. In the light of that finding contained in the expert's report, the Advocate General considers that the cut-off device in question does not appear necessary to protect the engine from damage or accident and to ensure the safe operation of the vehicle."

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Manipulated diesel cars in Germany may be arrested

A followup to the last 2 posts:

"Eleanor Sharpston has the opinion that the type approval was invalid. In any case, she is of the opinion that switching off or reducing exhaust gas cleaning to protect against accidents or engine damage requires express approval. However, the manufacturers had not disclosed the different way in which the emission control system works depending on the conditions. In the Advocate General's view, therefore, type-approval probably related only to engine control in test bench mode. The consequence under German law would be that the undisclosed operation of the exhaust gas purification system under conditions differing from those on the test bench would appear to be a modification of the vehicle as compared with the type-approval, which would lead to the immediate expiry of the approval."

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First trial against VW at the High Court of Justice (BGH Germany) in Karlsruhe begins today

Tens of thousands of individual procedures

For the first time, the BGH is dealing with a legal dispute about possible compensation for manipulated diesel vehicles. The case involves a plaintiff from Rheinland-Pfalz who wants to return the used car he bought in 2014 to Volkswagen and wants to be reimbursed the full purchase price of approximately 31,500 euros.

But now it is time for a landmark decision - and that is exactly what he expects from the judges in Karlsruhe. Probably not today on Tuesday, but at a later date, but ... "We assume that the Federal Court of Justice will and wants to pass a judgement! Because of course the debate about this largest German industrial scandal has been dragging on for a very long time, because Volkswagen has managed to prevent several last-minute verdicts - including one at the Federal Supreme Court (BGH) - on several occasions.

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Verdict from highest court in Germany came out this morning:

Federal Supreme Court condemns VW in diesel exhaust scandal!
Victory for German consumers in the diesel exhaust scandal. The Federal Supreme Court (BGH) has ordered VW to pay damages. In the view of the court, the company sold its customers illegal and thus illegal engines. Even the purchase of a diesel vehicle with a manipulated exhaust gas control system constituted intentional immoral damage by VW. "This is a great victory for the consumers"!

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There is a bunch of new threats ahead

First - after the verdict spoken out today (see last post) there are more than 60,000 trials at courts for the EA 189 open in Germany. This means a earthquake for VW clients that are still waiting for some relief since 2015 when the Diesel scandal - made by VW - evolved.

Second - these trials are all based on the first model with EA 189 motor. Now things heat up as the newer motor of VW - the EA 289 - which until now had not been in the focus now gets in trouble. As there are already many suspect cars with EA 289 motor had been found equally manipulated (even after 2015 when VW was accused) this will get a SECOND wave of trials in Germany for sure. Of course there are VW-models that were sent to hundreds of different countries will have that second wave too.
What does it mean? VW is now in the lights and will have a battle ground more to fight.

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Be interesting to see what the damages are given that nobody actually experienced any financial damage at all. Obviously there’s the emissions issue but that effects the planet and everybody on it and not the specific individuals that bought the cars.

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Be interesting to see what the damages are given that nobody actually experienced any financial damage at all. Obviously there’s the emissions issue but that effects the planet and everybody on it and not the specific individuals that bought the cars.

Speaking as one of those diesel owners (Jetta, 2008 TDI) in the US, the main financial damage related to the premium paid for a diesel Jetta versus gas. For me, after the federal tax credit, the buy-back, the cash they gave to say 'sorry', the Bosch settlement, and the overall fuel savings, the whole scandal ended up being a 'win', planetary/environmental damage aside. Of course I had already logged a ton of miles on the car, so I would have been in a different position if my car was newer at the time the scandal broke.

As an aside, I did buy the car with two things in mind: fuel efficiency and emissions levels.

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For those who would like to read the first press publication about the trial directly from the High Court in Karlsruhe (BGH) can read it here:

Bundesgerichtshof

It is in German and declares the main verdict against VW. The written reply from the BGH is not available yet.

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Ex Audi (part of VW group) CEO Rupert Stadler now officially accused in many cases for illegal activities.
Came out yesterday after 5 years of the Diesel scandal.

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VW Scandal 2.0 - first judgements in Germany

"13.08.2020 The exhaust gas scandal enters the next round. Now it is about the VW engines of the type EA288. They are the successors of the scandalous EA189 engine. The German Federal Motor Transport Authority has not yet recalled them, although it is certain that the engine control unit contains various mechanisms to switch off or reduce exhaust gas cleaning. Attorney Andreas Schwering now reports: The Celle Higher Regional Court has decided to gather extensive evidence about the scope of the type approval granted by the Federal Motor Transport Authority. The court wants to know which mechanisms VW has disclosed to the authority at all. Legal background: To the extent that VW has once again failed to mention illegal mechanisms for reducing nitrogen oxide emissions in the approval application, the suspicion is obvious: the company has also deliberately and immorally harmed buyers of cars with EA288 engines. If, on the other hand, the officials in Flensburg knew about it and nevertheless granted the type approval, then VW will probably not have to pay damages again. This also applies if the engine control unit turns out to be illegal despite the placet from Flensburg. After the strict vote of EU Advocate General Sharpston on the exhaust gas scandal (see below, 30.04.2020), it is very likely: Also the engine control units for Euro 6 diesel - both from VW and all other manufacturers - are likely to be illegal almost without exception."

source test.de (translated from German)

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Diesel emissions scandal: Daimler pays almost two billion euros in the USA

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While Daimler AG in Germany refuses to compensate consumers affected by the diesel exhaust scandal, the Swabian car manufacturer in the USA is distributing almost two billion euros. 1.5 billion dollars will be due for settlements with US authorities, and 700 million dollars for the settlement of a class action suit by consumers, the company announced today.

These Mercedes models are involved in the emissions scandal

Different engines are involved in the diesel exhaust scandal of Daimler AG: OM642, OM651, OM622, OM626, OM607 and also the OM640 are under suspicion. In countless recalls by the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), the authority accuses Daimler of having installed illegal shut-off devices in the diesel engines. These reduce the effect of exhaust gas purification in road traffic and turn the vehicles into nitrogen oxide skidders. The resale value of the cars is considerably reduced. There is also always the threat of officially ordered shutdowns. Consumers are therefore harmed."

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the company has also deliberately and immorally harmed buyers of cars with EA288 engines

Interesting that they worded it like that. Because it's true the damage is immoral in nature and probably not financial in nature.

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The diesel scandal on European cars is widening to gasoline cars

According to a German TV channel from yesterday:

"The VW group also apparently tricked illegally with gasoline engines with direct injection ("TFSI").
tagesschau.de reports: In a lawsuit concerning a 2015 Audi Q5 with a two-litre TFSI engine, allegedly low-emission according to the Euro 6 standard, the expert appointed by the court found out: The emission of nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide increases when the driver of the car turns the steering wheel. Experts see this as a clear indication of a so-called test bench detection. During the test bench trials to determine the emission of pollutants for type approval, the steering wheel is not moved. So as soon as the steering wheel is moved, one thing is certain: the car is not on the test bench. Apparently, Audi engineers trimmed the engine management system for this case for performance and efficiency and reduced the exhaust emission control - just like the EA189 diesel engines that are at the center of the emissions scandal.
According to tagesschau.de, internal VW documents, which were leaked to reporters of the Südwestrundfunk (SWR), confirm the suspicion of illegal manipulation of gasoline engines as well. Neither the VW group nor the Ministry of Transportation and the Federal Motor Transport Authority have so far commented on the documents and the conspicuous measurements of the court expert."

The TV link on these news (German): https://www.tagesschau.de/investigativ/swr/audi-abgasskandal-109.html

A AUDI legal process is actually open in Offenburg / Germany.

What does this mean for a AUDI Q5 driver when he buys such a car: he is condemned to drive straight and is not allowed to stear - otherwise the emission is above the limit

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Report confirmed: Audi petrol engine involved in exhaust gas scandal / Dr. Stoll & Sauer files charges against ex-boss Stadler

"The exhaust gas scandal is one chapter richer. Vehicles with gasoline engines from VW subsidiary Audi are also affected. In a case (Ref.: 4 O 159/17) of the law firm Dr. Stoll & Sauer Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH from Lahr, the Offenburg Regional Court has obtained an expert opinion which clearly shows that the exhaust gas purification system of an Audi Q5 TFSI 2.0 Euro 6 has been tampered with. Exhaust gas limits are obviously only complied with on the test bench. In response, Dr. Stoll & Sauer has filed criminal charges against former Audi boss Rupert Stadler for fraud."

From the page of Dr. Stoll & Sauer lawyers Germany

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Interesting that they worded it like that. Because it's true the damage is immoral in nature and probably not financial in nature.

The wording "immoral damage" is a key in German law which means that a client has a good chance to get out of a former contract. With some chance of getting money back.

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the Offenburg Regional Court has obtained an expert opinion which clearly shows that the exhaust gas purification system of an Audi Q5 TFSI 2.0 Euro 6 has been tampered with. Exhaust gas limits are obviously only complied with on the test bench.

Maybe/Hopefully they'll replace my Q7 for free - which incidentally, is an amazing vehicle.

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The latest AUDI Q5 Report - gasoline

Results of the Audi 5 expert report of 9 July 2020:

1) Emissions of nitrogen oxides rose by 24.5 percent when the steering wheel was turned.
Carbon monoxide emissions rose by 59 percent when the steering wheel was turned.
2) Emissions of nitrogen oxides were more than 80 mg/km - and
thus above the Euro 6 petrol limit of 60 mg/km.
In addition, nitrogen oxide emissions were 301 percent higher than Audi's manufacturer's specifications.
3) The fuel consumption specified by Audi was also not met.
4) The steering wheel angle affects the vehicle's control software.
5) The vehicle recognizes whether it is on a test bench.

For the Federal Supreme Court, test bench detection is illegal if it alters exhaust gas values.
And it is precisely such a detection that the present expert opinion has found in the Audi Q5.

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PS: What we learn: AUDI (plus VW group) has nothing learned from the past fines...
The betrayal is not only with repeated falsified advertising but especially in contrary to the environment already rules taken by the countries.

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EX VW Group boss Winterkorn officially accused

According to German newspapers from yesterday:
"Gang based fraud
In the VW diesel scandal, the regional court has allowed the indictment of former group boss Martin Winterkorn.
Former Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn (73) and four other people in charge of the car manufacturer have to stand trial five years after the diesel scandal was exposed. The Braunschweig Regional Court declared on Wednesday that it would allow the prosecutors' indictment. And even more: the criminal court even partially intensified the accusations against the car managers.This is a clear signal. Although it is not yet clear when exactly the process will start. But it is clear that the legal investigation of the diesel scandal is making progress. And it is also clear that - contrary to what some observers initially suspected - the judges at the Volkswagen plant in Braunschweig are not proceeding with particular leniency."

The first major criminal case in the Volkswagen diesel scandal in Germany,
the trial against former Audi boss Rupert Stadler (57) will begin in Munich-Stadelheim at the end of September.

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Daimler settles legal dispute for €1.9 billion

Daimler has settled the legal dispute over diesel emissions in the USA with two settlements. However, according to the Group, this does not constitute an admission of guilt.

Daimler has to pay a total of €1.9 billion to end the legal dispute in the United States over increased diesel emissions. This was announced by the US Department of Justice and the vehicle manufacturer itself. The sum comprises two settlements. This would mean that Daimler would settle both the preliminary proceedings of the US authorities and the numerous lawsuits filed by car owners.

The settlements with the U.S. authorities will therefore cost around 1.5 billion dollars. This includes a civil fine of 875 million dollars.

Daimler underlined that this was not an admission of guilt. Whether the functions used in the vehicles are "defeat devices" - i.e., inadmissible shut-off devices of the exhaust gas purification systems - was not determined in the course of the settlement: "The settlement agreements explicitly state that the company denies the allegations of the authorities as well as the claims of the class action plaintiffs and does not admit any liability to the U.S., California, the plaintiffs or in any other way.

The group had always rejected targeted manipulations of exhaust technology with cheating software (as used for years at Volkswagen).

Now Daimler has to improve the cars via software updates, similar to what is done in Europe. In addition, there are other environmental measures for which the company has to pay. In addition to the sums stipulated in the settlements, Daimler expects to incur costs in the mid three-digit million range in order to implement the agreement.

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Diesel Scandal in EU swaps onto other large companies

The European Court (EuGH / ECJ) decided against VW. What are the consequences for VW and other?

"The ECJ had been called upon by a Paris court investigating the Volkswagen diesel scandal in France. Before a possible indictment, the investigators wanted to clarify whether the practice of defeat devices in the registration tests is legal. With the ECJ decision, the way is now clear for criminal charges in France. However, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, these are not just about VW, but also against the manufacturers Renault, the PSA group with brands such as Peugeot and Citroën, and of course Fiat. All four have been in the sights of investigators for years. Countless tests had proven the use of defeat devices.
Class actions against VW, Renault, PSA and Fiat: "The decision of the European Court of Justice opens up access to compensation for all car customers in Europe who have been defrauded", comments lawyer Charles Constantin-Vallet in the Süddeutsche Zeitung of 17 December 2020. The lawyer primarily represents the consumer association CLCV in France. In autumn, it filed a civil class action against Volkswagen in France to obtain reimbursement of the full purchase price of about 950,000 diesel vehicles. Following the ECJ ruling, Constantin-Vallet and CLCV are also planning a class action against Renault, PSA and Fiat, which incidentally deny any fraud.

Pending legal cases in Germany:

Dieselgate 2.0 is picking up speed: In Germany, the diesel emissions scandal is seamlessly merging into Dieselgate 2.0. The European Court of Justice has made it clear that defeat devices are generally illegal, including those that regulate the exhaust gas purification depending on the temperature - in other words, that they switch off. Such thermo windows are found in most diesel engines.
Software update for EA 189 is not permitted: A thermal window has been used as an update. This is hardly disputed by VW. The argument of engine protection is also put forward. A corresponding case is pending at the European Court of Justice.

VW engine EA288: Here, too, it is undisputed that a thermal window is used. Volkswagen has already admitted this in court. According to the ECJ, the type approval of the vehicles is not legal.

Daimler AG: The Swabian car manufacturer also uses the so-called thermal window in its diesel engines. And has already admitted this. Daimler is currently losing a series of cases in German courts and has already been sentenced twice in higher regional courts."

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