Volkswagen set to plead guilty to US emissions-cheating case
The world’s largest car producer Volkswagen has pleaded guilty for cheating US government by using software to evade emission rules in nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles.
The German automaker is expected to plead guilty to three criminal counts at a morning hearing in Detroit federal court. The company could also be sentenced by Judge Sean Cox.
Last month VW agreed to plead guilty and pay a USD 4.3 billion penalty for programming about 590,000 diesel vehicles to deceive US regulators.
The company admitted installing software that activated pollution controls during government tests and switched them off in real-world driving. The cars spewed harmful nitrogen oxide at up to 40 times above the legal limit.
Volkswagen also has admitted to lying to investigators to cover up the scheme. Seven VW employees also face criminal charges in the case.
(With inputs from AP)