VW Diesel Fraud Trial Starts Over Scandal That Won’t Go Away (1)

Sept. 16, 2021, 3:06 PM

Four ex-Volkswagen AG managers stood trial in Germany accused of fraud for their part in the diesel-rigging scandal that cost the company billions and tarnished its reputation.

The trial -- starting six years after the scandal broke -- is the first criminal case to target executives at VW’s German headquarters who allegedly backed the idea of dodging emission tests with a software trick. The managers were charged in 2019 with having vehicles equipped with a so-called defeat device in that case that covers 9 million cars sold in Europe and the U.S.

“As executives, they were decisively responsible for ...

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