The VW Diesel Crisis
Deceit and disgrace
Volkswagen's admission to the EPA kicked off a sequence of events that would cripple the VW brand in the U.S. and plunge the company into a year of crisis. CLICK HERE for our timeline of major events
VW agrees to pay $69 million to settle New Jersey emissions suitsNov. 14
German regulator launches another probe into VW emissions scandalNov. 10
Germany's financial watchdog is investigating whether Volkswagen illegally disclosed information about emissions violations to third parties, adding to the company's legal headaches more than two years after the scandal broke
VW's $40 billion diesel recovery is nothing to celebrateNov. 3
Extent of VW emissions cheating discussed earlier than known, report saysOct. 27
VW's diesel damages approach $30 billion after surprise U.S. hitSept. 29
As VW moves on, industry still awaits the truthSept. 25
VW documents can't be shared by U.S. with German law firm, judge rulesSept. 18
Former VW engineer Liang sentenced to 40 months, $200,000 fineAug. 25
James Liang, a former VW engineer who cooperated with investigators in the automaker's global diesel emissions scandal, was sentenced to 40 months in a federal prison and a $200,000 fine for his role in the conspiracy.
VW manager told Winterkorn about diesel cheating in July 2015, reports sayAug. 25
Audi manager held in Germany being sought by U.S. for extradition, report saysAug. 18
VW diesel investigation adds another suspect in GermanyAug. 11
Audi faces profit-linked fines in diesel cheat probeAug. 7
Munich prosecutors escalate Audi emissions-cheating probe to board levelAug. 4
VW exec expected to plead guilty to revised charges for emissions violationsAug. 3
Volkswagen asks U.S. judge to toss Wyoming environmental lawsuitAug. 2
U.S. approves fix for more than 300,000 VW dieselsJuly 27
VW exec Oliver Schmidt expected to plead guilty in emissions cheating caseJuly 25
U.S. lawyers suing Volkswagen get $300 million in fees, costsJuly 21
VW, ex-engine chief reach deal over bonusJuly 12
Audi employee arrested by German prosecutors in emissions probeJuly 7
Prosecutors in the German city of Munich have arrested an unnamed Audi employee on suspicion of fraud and false advertising in connection with the carmaker's emissions scandal, the first arrest in Germany related to VW Group's diesel scandal.
3 Bosch managers targeted as German diesel probe expandsJune 30
VW to expand Calif. EV charging stations in poorer areasJune 29
U.S. judge allows some VW investor diesel claims to proceedJune 28
Audi top management criticized in internal dossier, paper saysJune 25
Audi's executive board, including CEO Rupert Stadler, shows no signs of being ready for a fresh start after the brand became embroiled in VW Group's diesel scandal, company managers say, according to a German newspaper report.
Former VW engine chief told to stay in Germany or risk being detained in U.S.June 24
VW agrees to buy back some 'cheat' diesels in GermanyJune 23
Interpol seeks 5 ex-VW managers over emissions fraud, report saysJune 22
VW faces Dutch lawsuit over emissions cheatingJune 13
A Dutch group representing 180,000 Volkswagen owners said it was preparing a claim against the automaker over the company's use of software designed to conceal high emissions caused by its diesel cars.
Bosch software enabled emissions violations by VW, FCA, study saysJune 9
VW's U.S. court monitor may triple staff supervising automakerJune 7
Porsche investigated over emissions-cheat software, report saysJune 2
Porsche denied a report that it uses unauthorized software to cheat on emissions tests. Germany's KBA motor transport authority is investigating whether the brand is using steering wheel movements to detect whether its cars are on the test bed, a German magazine said.
German government demands Audi A8 recall because of cheat softwareJune 1
VW-AUDI: Atlas, repaired diesels boost sales; another record for luxury brand June 1
VW's Mueller says culture change could still take yearsMay 23
VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller said some managers are resisting the automaker's push for a new era of accountability after its emissions fraud. "There are definitely people who are longing for the old centralistic leadership," Mueller said.
U.S. regulators to announce VW diesel fix approval for 84,000 vehiclesMay 19
VW CEO, chairman investigated over Porsche shares, prosecutors confirmMay 17
Prosecutor's search of VW's law firm was legal, court rulesMay 15
U.S. judge approves VW 3.0-liter, Bosch diesel settlementsMay 11
Volkswagen names U.S. compliance officer after diesel scandalMay 11
VW CEO, chairman being probed for market manipulationMay 10
VW sees bounce as U.S. sales of diesel models resumeMay 4
VW's charging station plan for Calif. faces objections from competitorsApril 26
VW diesel whistleblower identified in bookApril 21
Volkswagen diesel settlement approved by Canadian courtsApril 21
VW sentenced to pay $4.3 billion in U.S. fines and penalties, cooperate with investigatorsApril 21
Former U.S. deputy attorney general to be named VW monitor, report saysApril 19
The Justice Department is expected to name a former deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush to serve as independent monitor of Volkswagen as part of a plea agreement over the company's diesel emissions violations, Reuters reported, citing a source briefed on the matter.
VW: More than half of polluting 2.0-liter diesels in U.S. fixed, repurchasedApril 14
VW said it repurchased or terminated leases on nearly 238,000 vehicles and repaired 6,200 after it admitted in 2015 to secretly installing software that let vehicles emit up to 40 times legally-allowable pollution levels.