VW emissions scandal: Winterkorn accused of 'partial disclosure' plan

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VW Group is actually alleged to have drawn up a plan to reveal only selected information within the weeks leading up to Dieselgate

Former Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn gave the green light on plans to disclose only some of the information about the so-called defeat devices of which sparked the ongoing emissions scandal, according to German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

Winterkorn signed off a plan to only partially disclose information regarding the software which was used to cheat in official emissions tests, the paper revealed.

The plans were approved at the end of July 2015, seven weeks ahead of the scandal’s first airing in September 2015. Previous reports have placed Winterkorn’s initial knowledge of the defeat device over a year ahead of the scandal, in 2014.

VW has previously traced the scandal back as early as 2005, the year when of which launched diesel engines within the US. US NOx emissions legislation at the time had a limit six times smaller than of which of Europe.

German prosecutors were urged to investigate the entire VW Group board following the scandal, as the number of possible accountable people grows, at the same time as those calling for accountability within the ongoing scandal. 

A year on coming from the scandal, Audi has been pulled further into the investigation, as boss Rupert Stadler was called in for questioning, before being cleared of having any prior knowledge of the scandal.

Audi’s head of research as well as development, Stefan Knirsch, was suspended over the ongoing investigation into Dieselgate as well as has subsequently resigned.

A spokesman coming from Volkswagen UK couldn’t offer further comment on the matter, as well as at the time of writing we are awaiting comment coming from VW’s head office in Wolfsburg, Germany.

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