German prosecutors backtrack on Winterkorn's role in VW probe

Oct. 1, 2015 10:44 CET

German prosecutors have been forced to backtrack in their probe of former VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn. They now say there must be "concrete facts" before an investigation begins into the executive amid accusations of fraud at the automaker connected to cheating on U.S. emissions tests....
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Ex-VW CEO Winterkorn faces fraud probe in Germany

Sept. 28, 2015 13:16 CET

Prosecutors in Germany have opened a criminal probe into former VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn after the automaker admitted it cheated emissions tests in some of its diesel cars....
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Diesel test manipulations happened in Europe, German transport minister says

Sept. 24, 2015 12:42 CET

Diesel test manipulations happened in Europe, not just the U.S., German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said. He said random tests would be conducted on cars made by VW and other automakers....
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Volkswagen seeks to fill power vacuum

Sept. 24, 2015 08:22 CET

The leading candidates to replace CEO Martin Winterkorn as VW Group CEO are Porsche chief Matthias Mueller, who is backed by members of the family that controls a majority stake in VW, and Herbert Diess, a former BMW executive who took over the newly created post of VW brand chief this year....
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VW may face criminal probe in Germany

Sept. 23, 2015 15:56 CET

VW's isolation increased as European governments condemned its rigging of emissions test results and prosecutors in the automaker's home state launched a preliminary investigation....
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Japanese supplier Kayaba to pay $62 million criminal fine for price-fixing conspiracy

4:17 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

Japanese supplier Kayaba agreed to plead guilty and pay a $62 million fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix the prices of shock absorbers sold to automakers in the U.S., federal prosecutors said today....
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Ex-Tesla engineer charged with illegally accessing employee evaluations

4:17 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

A former Tesla Motors engineer has been charged in federal court with felony computer intrusion for accessing his manager's email account, sharing employee evaluations with others and posting confidential information on the Web....
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Former Porsche communications chief charged with aiding market manipulation

Aug. 17, 2015 16:17 CET

A German prosecutor charged Porsche's former communications chief, Anton Hunger, with aiding market manipulation related to the purchase of Volkswagen Group shares, after dropping identical charges against Porsche's supervisory board....
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Ex-Toyota exec Hamp freed without charges; Hayakawa new CCO

July 8, 2015 10:54 CET

Former Toyota executive Julie Hamp was released from custody in Japan today without being charged, following her arrest last month on suspicion of illegally importing oxycodone. Toyota said Senior Managing Officer Shigeru Hayakawa will succeed Hamp as chief communications officer....
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Ex-Toyota exec Hamp to be released from custody in Japan, report says

5:20 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Tokyo prosecutors plan to release Julie Hamp, a former Toyota executive, on Wednesday after she was arrested last month on suspicion of illegally importing the painkiller Oxycodone into Japan, a report said....
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La. exec sentenced to 11-year prison term for $1.2M ad fraud of dealerships

4:03 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

A politically connected media firm owner who billed Louisiana dealerships for fictitious advertising that cost them more than $1.2 million was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison Wednesday, the Department of Justice said....
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Serra Nissan faces civil suit in U.S. court in Ala.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Serra Nissan in Birmingham, Ala., is facing more legal problems, this time in civil court. An Alabama couple is suing the dealership alleging it was involved in a criminal enterprise when they bought a car there. Serra's lawyer says he plans an aggressive defense....
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U.S. weighs charges against GM following ignition switch recall, WSJ says

9:23 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

Federal prosecutors are considering wire-fraud charges against General Motors stemming from its decade-long delay in recalling cars with a defective ignition switch linked to 111 deaths, The Wall Street Journal reported today....
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Nissan store manager, controller in Ala. charged with fraud to win incentive bonuses

3:50 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

The former general manager and controller of an Alabama Nissan dealership are charged with falsely reporting vehicle sales and receiving factory incentive bonuses....
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Feds find GM acted criminally in ignition switch defect, NYT says

8:56 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

The Justice Department has determined that GM's failure to recall millions of defective ignition switches for years involved criminal wrongdoing and could file criminal charges against some of the company's former employees, The New York Times reported late Friday....
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U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit added to Takata criminal case

10:50 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

US prosecutors in Detroit have joined the federal probe into Takata's defective airbag inflators that are linked to at least six deaths globally....
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U.S. indicts 2 execs from NGK for price-fixing

1:39 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

One current and one former executive with Japanese supplier NGK Spark Plug were indicted today on a charge of conspiring to fix prices of spark plugs, standard oxygen sensors and air fuel ratio sensors sold in the United States, the Justice Department said today....
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Former Hitachi exec sentenced to 15 months in prison after guilty plea for price fixing

5:45 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

A former executive with Hitachi Automotive Systems pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 months in prison for conspiring to fix prices on a number of automotive parts sold in the United States....
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Ex-dealership staffers face prison

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Several former sales staffers at a Birmingham, Ala., Nissan store face federal prison time as part of a federal crackdown on fraudulent practices in car dealerships....
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NHTSA to fine Takata $14K a day for failing to 'fully cooperate' in airbag probe

10:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today slapped Takata with a $14,000-per-day fine for failing to "fully cooperate" with the agency's investigation into exploding airbag inflators made by the supplier that have been linked to at least six deaths. NHTSA also warned Takata that it will refer the situation to the Department of Justice if it fails to remedy the situation....
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2 executives at Japan's Mitsuba indicted in U.S. for price-fixing

3:56 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015

Two executives of Japanese auto parts company Mitsuba were indicted today on charges of conspiring to fix the prices of auto parts and obstruction of justice, the Justice Department said....
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U.S. safety regulators seek Takata whistleblowers

2:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015

Federal safety regulators want to find whistleblowers with knowledge “of possible defects or any wrongdoing” by Takata, stepping up pressure on the airbag maker whose products are linked to five deaths and dozens of injuries....
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Japanese supplier Sanden agrees to $3.2 million fine in U.S. price-fixing case

6:33 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015

Japanese supplier Sanden has agreed to pay a US fine of more than $3 million and becomes the latest company tied to a wide-ranging auto supplier price-fixing prosecution for its brief role in setting the prices of air conditioning compressors for Nissan....
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Former Toyoda Gosei executive agrees to U.S. prison time, fine for price-fixing role

3:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015

A former executive with Japan-based supplier Toyoda Gosei has agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge and serve just over a year in prison for his role in fixing the price of automotive hoses sold to Toyota....
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BLOG: Automakers can stop supplier price-fixing now, but will they?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2014

Auto supplier price-fixing is a global criminal epidemic that stifles fair competition, inflates the cost of components for automakers, erodes investor confidence and rips off the customer. The auto industry can make it all stop right now, but will they?...
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