Aug 4, 2017

Ex-Volkswagen executive pleads guilty in emissions case

A former Volkswagen executive has pleaded guilty for his role in the German automaker's scheme to cheat US emissions requirements for diesel cars. Oliver Schmidt, a former head of VW's engineering and environmental office in the US, admitted to participating in an attempted cover-up after regulators raised questions the "Defeat devices". US prosecutors say Volkswagen installed special software in certain diesel vehicles that allowed them to perform better during emissions tests than they did under normal driving conditions. A Volkswagen engineer last year pleaded guilty on related charges. In exchange for Ms Schmidt's guilty plea, US prosecutors dropped a charge of wire fraud.

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