US court imposed a 2.8 billion dollar fine on Volkswagen after the company admitted to cheating in gas emissions tests.


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Today (Friday), a US court imposed a 2.8 billion dollar fine on the German automaker giant Volkswagen in the case of gas emissions from its vehicles. The company admitted that approximately 600 thousand of its diesel vehicles were programmed to cheat during the diesel emissions tests.

Federal judge Sean Cox ordered the criminal penalty following a deal that was reached between the company and the US Department of Justice. In addition, Cox ordered an independent auditor to examine the company for a period of 3 years, while the automaker will remain on probation. Several employees related to the scandal have been charged separately.

“This is a very serious and troubling case involving an iconic automobile company,” Cox said. “”This is a deliberate and massive fraud perpetrated on the American consumer and, it would seem, consumers throughout the world.”