German prosecutors fine Audi $927M over diesel scandal

German prosecutors fine Audi $927M over diesel scandal

Audi has been fined €800 million ($1.3 billion) for regulatory breaches in relation the V6 and V8 turbo-diesel engines engulfed in the Dieselgate emissions scandal.

Both the Audi- and Volkswagen-developed engines were engineered to limit emissions during laboratory testing, but work in a normal non-compliant state when being driven on the road. By accepting the fine, Audi admitted responsibility for its actions in producing vehicles that did not meet regulatory requirements.

"The administrative proceeding against Audi AG opened because of the diesel scandal is hereby closed in a legally binding way", Munich prosecutors said in their own statement.

VW paid a one-billion-euro (R16.45bn) penalty to Brunswick prosecutors in June over its own-brand vehicles.

The fine concludes the Munich prosecutors' investigation into the company. Two Volkswagen executives were sent to prison in the US.

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Earlier this month, Volkswagen broke the contract of Audi Chief Executive Rupert Stadler, who is now being investigated over his alleged involvement in the diesel cheating.

Prosecutors had jailed him in June, saying this was necessary to stop him trying to influence witnesses.

For almost 10 years, Volkswagen and its subsidiaries produced diesel cars with exhaust control equipment rigged to shut off once they were tested by regulators.

"The current campaign against individual mobility and thereby against cars is reaching existential scale", VW chief executive Herbert Diess complained to a component makers' conference Monday, business daily Handelsblatt reported.

A new European Union emissions testing scheme known as WLTP has slowed deliveries of new cars, slashing registrations by 30.5 percent in September.

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