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German Court Accuses Volkswagen Management Board of Manipulating Emission Tests

© AFP 2021 / Ronny Hartmann The logo of German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) is pictured at the company's head quarters on November 22, 2016 in Wolfsburg, northern Germany.
The logo of German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) is pictured at the company's head quarters on November 22, 2016 in Wolfsburg, northern Germany. - Sputnik International
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The management board of the Volkswagen car manufacturer headed by former chief executive Martin Winterkorn was aware of manipulating the data about emissions from diesel vehicles, a German court said on Wednesday, according to media reports.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the court in the western German city of Krefeld, Volkswagen also helped its subsidiary Audi to use special software that indicated the lower level of emissions, the Neue Juristische Wochenschrift magazine reported.

The diesel scandal, in which Germany's Volkswagen was involved, dates back to 2015, when the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accused the Volkswagen Group, which owns 19 car brands, including Audi and Mercedes-Benz, of using specific software to falsify emission test results for its diesel-engine vehicles.

Millions of diesel-engine Volkswagen vehicles manufactured between 2009 and 2015 were estimated to have been programmed to cheat emissions tests for nitrogen oxide. Volkswagen admitted that 11 million of its vehicles worldwide had been fitted with the test-cheating software.

In July, the Spiegel magazine reported that Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, BMW, and Daimler, as well as other leading German automakers, coordinated their actions on designing diesel emissions treatment systems in diesel vehicles. On Monday, the German Federal Financial Supervision Authority (BaFin) launched a probe against Daimler and Volkswagen over the reports.

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