As part of the fraud proceedings relating to the VW diesel case, the Commercial Criminal Chamber of the Brunswick Regional Court has started questioning the accused ex-executives. The aim of the more general questions on the departure is a better understanding of the work processes at the car manufacturer, court president Christian Schütz said on Thursday. Four former Volkswagen executives are charged in criminal proceedings with, among other things, commercial and gang fraud with software manipulated in millions of cars. Richter Schütz asked the accused engineer to describe the problems surrounding the “US 07” project, with which VW wanted to bring “clean diesel” to the US market.
Regarding the situation with low emission values in 2006, the exhaust gas aftertreatment expert said: “Failure at this stage was not allowed.” However, he never spoke to a manager about the introduction of a failover feature.
In his September admission, the exhaust technology engineer admitted his own mistakes, especially since he had failed to “get out of this project in time.” However, he had assigned primary responsibility for the alleged long-term cover-up to senior management around ex-CEO Martin Winterkorn. However, he is still not sitting on the quay of Brunswick town hall. The set of proceedings against the 74-year-old man remain separate due to health concerns.
“Dieselgate” was blown away in September 2015 when the US Environmental Protection Agency notified the EPA of tampering emissions tests on diesel cars. A few days later, CEO Winterkorn resigned, but at the same time claimed he was “not aware of any wrongdoing”. More than 130 days of negotiations are scheduled for VW’s big diesel test through summer 2023.