The Volkswagen Group has completed a multi-year internal investigation into Dieselgate, and it has said it will attempt to seek compensation from former CEO Martin Winterkorn and former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler to make up for some of the massive financial damage resulting from it. of the cheating scandal on the shows.
The law firm that Volkswagen hired to conduct the investigation covered more than 65 petabytes of data, including some 480 million documents. About 1.6 million of these files were “identified as relevant, examined and examined”, explains the German manufacturer. The law firm also conducted 1,550 interviews and reviewed legal and legal action files around the world resulting from the company’s actions. The internal investigation was “by far the most comprehensive and complex investigation of a company in German economic history,” writes Volkswagen.
Winterkorn resigned from Volkswagen management in September 2015, almost immediately after the scandal was announced. He was later arrested in Germany and charged with not only knowing that the company’s diesel cars had software that cheated regulators, but for sitting on the discovery of the cheat by the Environmental Protection Agency. for one year. Winterkorn has also been charged in the United States, but it is unlikely that he will ever be extradited. He is still on trial in Germany.
Stadler was arrested in 2018 by German authorities, prompting Audi to push back the reveal of its first fully electric car, the E-Tron. Stadler was then forced to step down from his role by Volkswagen.
Volkswagen said on Friday it was also seeking damages from four other former board members: Ulrich Hackenberg and Stefan Knirsch (Audi), Wolfgang Hatz (Porsche) and Heinz-Jakob Neusser (Volkswagen) – the latter was charged in criminal by the ministry. of Justice.
The end of the investigation is something Volkswagen will no doubt indicate to move forward whenever Dieselgate is brought up. The company has spent more than five years since the scandal erupted trying to distance itself from its deceptive and harmful actions, and at many times, has tried to apply it to individual actors. (The former CEO of his US division testified at the congress in 2015 that it was the work of “a couple of software engineers who [did it] for whatever reason. He resigned five months later.)
At the very least, Volkswagen is now the largest legacy automaker to make the most concerted push in electric vehicles, and it recently increased its investment in the space to $ 86 billion.