Volkswagen is a German automobile manufacturer headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. It is the biggest German automaker and the second largest automaker in the world.
Volkswagen was originally founded in 1937 by the Nazi trade union, the German Labour Front (Deutsche Arbeitsfront), in an attempt to produce a basic vehicle capable of transporting two adults and three children at 100 km/h (62 mph). Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler wanted his German citizens to have the same access to a car as the Americans.From 1948, after WW II, VW – most notable its “Beetle” model - became a symbol of West Germany’s economic rise.
Before the Frankfurt Motor Show opened, car company bosses were read the riot act by the chancellor. Now the show is open to the public, but it is still much too early to speak of a turning point, says Henrik Böhme.
A court has ruled that the German carmaker can't be forced to pay Dieselgate environmental damages at the state as well as federal level. The US state of Wyoming sought to fine VW hundreds of millions of dollars.
A US court has sentenced a German Volkswagen engineer to 40 months in jail and ordered him to pay a $200,000 fine for covering up emissions cheating. James Liang is the first person to be convicted as part of a criminal probe into emissions cheating at VW.
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