Prosecutors have charged Martin Winterkorn, former Volkswagen CEO, with fraud, unfair competitive practices and breach of trust. The charges center on the Dieselgate scandal and could see Winterkorn jailed for 10 years
Prosecutors suspect foul play in tests on two types of diesel engines. The probe would make Mitsubishi the latest manufacturer in an ongoing set of scandals on emissions cheating.
Daimler will need over a billion euros on top of the €1.6 billion it already set aside to cope with the fallout of an emissions cheating scandal. Legal disputes and car recalls caused the firm's profits to fall in 2019.
While VW has already paid out billions to US consumers, German diesel owners have been waiting years for compensation for their recalled vehicles. The company stressed that the talks are in the early stages.
Rupert Stadler, who ran Audi until 2018, was arrested last year for his involvement in the "Dieselgate" scandal. Prosecutors allege Stadler allowed the sale of vehicles after he was made aware of emissions cheating.
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