Jan 9, 2017

VW's US head of regulation arrested

The affidavit said Mr Schmidt - who was the general manager in charge of VW's Environmental and Engineering Office between 2012 and March 2015 - knew the discrepancy was because VW had "Intentionally installed software in the diesel vehicles it sold in the US from 2009 through 2015 designed to detect and cheat US emissions tests". The filing says that during these talks, Mr Schmidt "Intended to, and did, deceive and mislead US regulators" by saying the difference in the emission levels was not because of deliberate cheating. In the UK, lawyers said 10,000 VW owners had already expressed an interest in suing VW. They estimated that owners could get "Several thousand" pounds in compensation. The legal action is aimed at securing compensation for people who own or have previously owned one of the vehicles. Harcus Sinclair said it was basing its estimate of the level of compensation owners could get on the €5,000 per owner awarded in Spain and the $8-10,000 awarded in the US. "The key allegation is that the affected cars should not have been certified as fit for sale because it is alleged that they produced higher levels of nitrogen oxide and nitrogen dioxide emissions than the rules allowed," it said in a statement.

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