The law firm Volkswagen worked with to carry out the examination covered more than 65 petabytes of data, including some 480 million files. The internal probe was “by far the most intricate and extensive investigation carried out in a business in German economic history,” Volkswagen writes.
The investigations end is something Volkswagen will undoubtedly point to moving forward any time Dieselgate is brought up.
The Volkswagen Group has actually wrapped a multiyear internal investigation into Dieselgate, and it says it will attempt to pry settlement from previous CEO Martin Winterkorn and former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler to make up for some of the massive financial damages that resulted from the emissions cheating scandal.
The law firm Volkswagen employed to perform the investigation covered more than 65 petabytes of information, including some 480 million files. About 1.6 million of those files were “determined as relevant, evaluated and evaluated,” the German automaker states. The law office also performed 1,550 interviews and reviewed files from prosecutorial and judicial procedures all over the world that came as an outcome of the businesss actions. The internal probe was “by far the most extensive and complex investigation brought out in a company in German economic history,” Volkswagen writes.
Winterkorn resigned from running Volkswagen back in September 2015, almost right away after news broke of the scandal. He was later jailed in Germany and implicated of not feeling in ones bones the businesss diesel cars had software that fooled regulators, however for sitting on the Environmental Protection Agencys discovery of the cheat for a year. Winterkorn has also been charged in the United States but is unlikely to ever be extradited. He stays on trial in Germany.
Stadler was jailed in 2018 by German authorities, which caused Audi to press back the expose of its first all-electric vehicle, the E-Tron. Stadler was later dislodged of his function by Volkswagen.
Volkswagen stated Friday that its likewise seeking damages from 4 other former board members: Ulrich Hackenberg and Stefan Knirsch (Audi), Wolfgang Hatz (Porsche), and Heinz-Jakob Neusser (Volkswagen)– the latter of whom has been criminally charged by the Department of Justice.
The investigations end is something Volkswagen will unquestionably point to moving forward any time Dieselgate is brought up. The company has invested the last five-plus years since the scandal broke trying to distance itself from its damaging and misleading actions, and at many points, has attempted to pin it on specific actors. He resigned 5 months later on.).
At least, Volkswagen is now the biggest legacy automaker making the most concerted push into electrical vehicles, and it recently increased its financial investment in the area to $86 billion.