Sunday, January 15, 2017

Auto: report: New documents charge, Ex-VW chief Winterkorn – TIME ONLINE

Wolfsburg/Berlin (dpa) – In the VW-exhaust-scandal unknown internal documents charge so far, according to a report in the newspaper, Ex-group chief Martin Winterkorn.

that winter, grain could be used on illegal exhaust manipulation knew, as far as is known, the “Bild am Sonntag” reported, citing confidential documents. This to on 27. July 2015 at a meeting with Winterkorn in Wolfsburg, Germany, is presented. The documentation shall show, among other things, as just two months prior to the known of the scandal, the group will be calculated, when to tell the U.S. authorities the truth.

Winterkorn, the VW group’s top management have always stressed to have to wait until September 2015 of the exhaust gas manipulation. Winterkorn dismissed the allegations, according to the “Bild am Sonntag”. He wants to be. according to the newspaper, only to have a brief meeting on the subject on 27 July, remember, assured him had been, the problems in the US would be solved.

Against the winter grain and other managers is determined on suspicion of market manipulation. You should have informed the financial markets in the autumn of 2015 to late on the exhaust gas scandal. Investor claims, therefore, to damages in the billions, because the VW share price went up after the scandal on the decline. Winter grain was withdrawn at the end of September 2015 in the Wake of the exhaust sandals, but had stressed to be any misconduct aware of.

One of the participants of the meeting in July of 2015, told the newspaper: “We talked about the fact that something Illegal has been installed in our cars.”

One participant said, with a view to the presentations, moreover, he thought that he will, at the latest, in the third film “blown away”. However, the winter grain had surprisingly remained quiet. He told later in the session, only to a technician who had developed the fraud software: “You and your Software!”

According to the newspaper, the round discussed whether and when you should confess to fraud the U.S. environmental protection authorities of the Exhaust gas. The exhaust gas scandal has its origins in the United States.

opportunities “and” risks “had” been weighed in the balance. So VW was expecting a “defensive” approach with a secure approval for new models, but also with “very high fines”. The participants have been agreed, the matter is “offensive” to be able to tackle with lower penalties, but an uncertain approval of new models.

VW had already declared the beginning of 2016 in the opinion of the regional court of Braunschweig, Winterkorn and VW brand boss, Herbert Diess would be at the Meeting on 27. July 2015 part. Literally, it was in a reply from VW: “Neither the specific content of this informal meeting, the specific points in time at which the relevant Board members, in Detail, to reconstruct it.” It is possible, but not certain, that at the time, a software change has been cited as a reason for the increased exhaust-gas values.

A VW spokesman said at the weekend: “The presentation in the March 2016-filed answer to the complaint before the regional court of Braunschweig was based on the then state of knowledge through the independent investigation of the law firm Jones Day.” This has also been the U.S. Department of justice will be disclosed accordingly. “It has changed according to current knowledge, up to today, also nothing Important.”

NDR, WDR and “Süddeutsche Zeitung” had reported on Saturday that new evidence suggested that the winter grain was earlier informed about the exhaust manipulations than previously known. Leniency had said in an interview with U.S. investigators, they would have spoken in 2012 and 2014, with a close Intimate Winterkorn’s outstanding about a illegal Software in the Diesel vehicles in the US market.

One of the witnesses said that he had assumed that this would be passed on to the Chairman of the Board. In July 2015, an engineer had mentioned the issue during a meeting with the winter grain, which have so acted, as he knew long ago.

The exhaust gas scandal VW had plunged into a severe crisis. The car maker has agreed in the meantime, after a long struggle with US authorities to comparisons in the billions. Six former and current VW-managers are accused in the United States, one of them is sitting there in prison. “The comparison with the US Department of justice went hand in hand with the publication of a Statement of Facts, the findings, and the facts showing the origin and development of the diesel misconduct,” said VW on the weekend. In this document, not a former or active member of the Board was called””.

Winterkorn wants to) next Thursday (19.1. before the exhaust gas investigation Committee of the Bundestag to appear. The Committee is intended to clarify, particularly, since when the Federal government of the manipulations, knew and how close the cooperation between politicians and the auto lobby.


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