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VW's South Korea chief faces criminal case over emissions recall

Jan. 19, 2016 10:55 CET

South Korea plans to file a criminal complaint against the country's Volkswagen and Audi chief. It says a recall plan for emissions-cheating cars fell short of legal requirements....
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VW investigated for tax evasion on false CO2 levels

Nov. 24, 2015 12:48 CET

German prosecutors have launched an investigation into suspected tax evasion at VW Group that relates to the understating of CO2 levels in some of the automaker's vehicles and focuses on five employees, who were not identified....
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Mazda snubs Takata; supplier's survival in doubt

Nov. 5, 2015 11:42 CET

Analysts are openly questioning the survival chances of Takata as more automakers consider no longer using its airbag inflators, which are at the center of a recall crisis....
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VW believes 10-20 people were responsible for emissions rigging, report says

Oct. 29, 2015 16:51 CET

VW believes that up to 20 people were involved in its rigging of diesel-engine emissions tests, Reuters reported....
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VW faces criminal complaints from 600 people in Switzerland

Oct. 29, 2015 12:21 CET

Volkswagen is facing criminal complaints connected to the diesel emissions scandal filed by about 600 people in Switzerland....
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Ex-Porsche CEO Wiedeking denies VW share manipulation in 2008

Oct. 22, 2015 15:48 CET

Former Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking rejected charges he lied about the company's plan to acquire VW in 2008. Wiedeking could face up to five years in prison if found guilty of breaching securities trading laws during Porsche's bid to take over VW....
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German regional state says VW emissions file is missing

Oct. 21, 2015 10:46 CET

A file on VW's emissions scandal went missing earlier this month, the German state of Lower Saxony said. Lower Saxony is VW's second-biggest shareholder....
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Porsche manipulation trial starts amid VW emissions scandal

Oct. 21, 2015 12:32 CET

Former Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking and Chief Financial Officer Holger Haerter are scheduled to go on trial Thursday. They face market manipulation charges over their role in Porsche's failed attempt to take over VW Group in 2008....
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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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