How was the Volkswagen emissions scandal exposed

The VW Emissions Affair: A Chronology

Status: 20.11.2020 1:39 p.m.
The manipulation of exhaust gas values ​​from diesel vehicles costs VW billions. (Subject picture)

The emissions scandal brought the Volkswagen Group what is probably the worst crisis in the company's history. After the manipulation of exhaust gas values ​​in diesel engines in the USA became known, the events partly rolled over. The then VW boss Martin Winterkorn initially announced that the affair would be clarified under his aegis, but then stepped down. His successor, Matthias Müller, has meanwhile also had to vacate his place at the top. Herbert Diess followed him. After the affair, Volkswagen is threatened with lengthy lawsuits, including in the United States, and fines running into billions. According to previous estimates, around eleven million vehicles from VW, Audi and Skoda are affected. A chronology of events:

2005

During the tenure of VW boss Bernd Pischetsrieder and VW brand boss Wolfgang Bernhard, according to information from the German Press Agency (dpa), the decision to install the manipulation software in diesel vehicles was made between 2005 and 2006, namely in engine development at the VW headquarters in Wolfsburg. At no time were there any indications or suspicions that the two top managers were personally involved. The judiciary is also examining evidence that the origin of the engine manipulation could actually be at Audi in Ingolstadt. Relevant actors, some of whom were also temporarily in custody, worked there in responsible positions during the relevant period.

2007

The previous Audi CEO Martin Winterkorn will succeed VW boss Pischetsrieder.

Auto supplier Bosch reportedly wrote a letter to the VW Group to warn against illegal use of its exhaust gas aftertreatment technology. This was the result of research by "Bild am Sonntag".

2014

A study by the research institute International Council on Clean Transportation and the University of West Virginia reveal increased emissions from some Volkswagen models in the USA.

May 2014

Volkswagen is said to have known the results of the investigations in the USA since May 2014. Apparently the company tries to solve the problems through negotiation first.

December 2014 - January 2015

The sales problems in the USA persist. With the core brand VW, Volkswagen lost around seven percent of its market share in 2014. VW boss Martin Winterkorn swears the managers of the core brand on an austerity course. Volkswagen is also launching a recall that affects several hundred thousand vehicles.

September 03, 2015

Volkswagen USA apparently admits the manipulation of the exhaust gas values ​​to the US environmental protection agency EPA. However, the group remains silent to the public, instead of ad hoc ad hoc ad hoc ad hoc falsification of the exhaust gas values.

19th September 2015

Following the publication of the allegations by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Volkswagen admits that it had manipulated exhaust emissions from diesel engines. The manipulation from now on becomes a scandal. In the USA alone, more than 480,000 vehicles are said to be affected.

20th September 2015

VW CEO Martin Winterkorn announces a comprehensive investigation.

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September 21, 2015

In addition to the Attorney General of New York State, the US Department of Justice in Washington D.C. Investigations in the VW emissions affair. In the United States, the American boss of the Wolfsburg-based car manufacturer admits: "We screwed up." The company's share price collapses after the stock market closes.

22nd September 2015

The Volkswagen share continues its slide almost unchecked after Volkswagen issues a profit warning. The price of the paper falls below 100 euros per piece. This means that the Volkswagen share loses almost 40 percent of its value within a few hours. The executive committee of the supervisory board meets in Wolfsburg for a crisis meeting. VW boss Martin Winterkorn is still holding on to his post. He emphasizes that he was not guilty of anything.

23rd September 2015

After further rounds of crises at the corporate headquarters, Winterkorn resigns as VW CEO. The search for a new boss for Europe's largest car manufacturer is then in full swing. Porsche boss Matthias Müller is one of the favorites among the successors.

September 24, 2015

After Winterkorn has left, other top managers in the group are to vacate their posts. Lower Saxony's economics minister and VW supervisory board member Olaf Lies (SPD) fears that the emissions scandal could endanger jobs at the car manufacturer.

September 25, 2015

The previous Porsche boss Matthias Müller is chosen by the supervisory board as the new VW CEO. The cities of Lower Saxony with VW plants fear the financial consequences of the scandal because Volkswagen pays high business taxes at the locations.

September 27, 2015

In Switzerland and Belgium, sales of the cars in question with the VW EA 189 engine will be stopped. Italy announces its own exhaust gas measurements.

September 28, 2015

Volkswagen names new details on the emissions scandal. The manipulation software is also installed in more than two million vehicles from Audi and Skoda as well as at VW Commercial Vehicles. The public prosecutor's office in Braunschweig announces that they have started investigations against the former VW boss Martin Winterkorn. In several advertisements, Winterkorn is accused of fraud, according to the investigating authority.

29th September 2015

Volkswagen admits that the 6.5 billion euros that have been set aside so far will probably not be enough to repair the financial damage caused by the scandal. In the USA, Volkswagen is facing a real wave of lawsuits. The new VW boss Matthias Müller calls the emissions crisis "the greatest test" for the Wolfsburg company.

September 30, 2015

According to media reports, the Braunschweig public prosecutor's office is not personally investigating Martin Winterkorn.

October 01, 2015

Norddeutsche Landesbank Nord / LB announces that its analysts are expecting costs of 30 billion euros because of the exhaust gas scandal at VW. This includes fines, product recalls, compensation for loss of value and possible claims for pain and suffering.

October 02, 2015

VW provides a website on which customers can check whether their vehicle is running with a manipulated diesel engine. Several states are announcing investigations. The French judiciary is initiating preliminary investigations into suspected serious fraud against VW. A German private investor's lawsuit is filed in Braunschweig. According to his law firm, the investor from Baden-Württemberg bought VW preference shares in April and July and is now demanding that this transaction be reversed. According to the law firm, the investor has lost a total of around 20,000 euros because Volkswagen shares had lost massive amounts of value after the scandal became known.

October 04, 2015

According to media reports, several VW engineers have admitted to having installed the manipulation software on diesel engines in 2008. At that time there was no other solution to comply with the exhaust gas values ​​and cost targets of the EA 189 diesel engine, according to "Bild am Sonntag" in an internal VW audit report.

0October 6, 2015

VW works council Bernd Osterloh assures around 22,000 employees in Wolfsburg that no jobs are at risk for the time being. The new VW boss Matthias Müller makes it clear that the company is threatened with severe cuts. He also questions football involvement. According to Müller, the recall of the cars affected by the emissions scandal should begin in January.

October 07, 2015

The district court of Braunschweig appoints the previous CFO, Hans Dieter Pötsch, to the supervisory board. The judicial appointment is a prerequisite for Pötsch to succeed Berthold Huber as chairman of the supervisory board. Pötsch is moving to the supervisory board for Julia Kuhn-Piëch, who had resigned from her mandate.

The VW supervisory board elects Hans Dieter Pötsch as chairman. "I am aware of this responsibility. I want to and I will do my part," said the new chief controller at a press conference in Wolfsburg.

October 08, 2015

The public prosecutor's office and the State Criminal Police Office search offices at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg and other places. Documents and data carriers are to be secured during the raid. The documents could contain information about which employees were involved in the manipulation and how they actually proceeded.

Meanwhile, Federal Minister of Economics Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) announced at a meeting with the group works council in Wolfsburg that the federal government was examining an expansion of the short-time work regulation to include temporary workers. Workers should not pay the price for the misconduct of managers.

October 12, 2015

Volkswagen announces that it will also recall 2,000 diesel cars from China in the wake of the emissions scandal. According to the company, only imported Tiguan and Passat vehicles are affected. The Chinese environmental authority then announced investigations into violations of environmental regulations in VW vehicles.

October 13, 2015

Lower Saxony's Prime Minister and VW supervisory board member Stephan Weil (SPD) informs the parliament in Hanover about the VW emissions scandal at the start of the Landtag Week. He criticizes Volkswagen for having admitted the manipulation of exhaust gas values ​​too late. He also announces that it will take months to clear up the scandal.

Meanwhile, the industry portals "Variety" and "Deadline.com" report that Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio wants to film the affair.

October 15, 2015

The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) forces Volkswagen to recall 2.4 million diesel vehicles. VW reacts and voluntarily extends the recall campaign to Europe, affecting 8.5 million cars.

October 16, 2015

Volkswagen brings the wife of the Daimler Board of Management and former Federal Constitutional Judge Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt as the first woman to the Board of Management. The 65-year-old will be in charge of the new compliance department (integrity and law) from January 1st. Meanwhile, the Wolfsburg-based company is struggling with falling sales. Worldwide the minus is 1.5 percent. During the investigation into the emissions scandal, the Braunschweig public prosecutor denies media reports that around 30 managers are being investigated. According to the authority, significantly fewer executives are targeted by the judiciary.

17th October 2015

Due to the VW exhaust scandal, jobs are now at risk. According to the works council, the board of directors is considering the reduction of temporary worker jobs. Meanwhile, the Wolfsburg-based company advertises in the employee magazine "autogramm" for the lost trust of customers.

In the afternoon, the Stuttgart-based Porsche Holding PSE announced that the former VW boss Martin Winterkorn was also giving up the post of CEO at the family holding company at the end of the month. As of November 1, his successor will be the new head of the VW Supervisory Board, Hans Dieter Pötsch.

20th October 2015

In a joint statement, the VW works council and IG Metall call on the group to draw conclusions from the scandal. Among other things, they rely on flatter hierarchies and decentralization in the company.

October 21, 2015

A VW file has disappeared in the Lower Saxony State Chancellery. Whether it was stolen or just misplaced - that should now be clarified. The State Chancellery has filed a criminal complaint. "We have initiated a preliminary investigation against unknown persons on suspicion of theft," explains the Hanover public prosecutor.

October 26, 2015

Volkswagen appoints the former head of Opel, Thomas Sedran, as chief strategist. He occupies a position that has never existed before at the Wolfsburg-based car manufacturer. From November 1st, Sedran will organize the marketing of the individual brands within the group.

October 27, 2015

For the around eleven million vehicles affected by the emissions scandal, Volkswagen apparently has to work out around ten thousand solutions. This results from the large number of vehicle models, it is said from corporate circles. The crisis is apparently not yet having any effect on sales.

October 28, 2015

Volkswagen posted a loss of 3.5 billion euros before interest and taxes (EBIT) in the third quarter. For 2015, the Wolfsburg-based car manufacturer corrected its targets downwards. By selling the Suzuki stake, the company can at least mitigate the loss a little.

November 02, 2015

The diesel affair at Volkswagen is widening: According to the US environmental agency EPA, 3-liter engines are now also affected.

November 03, 2015

So far, the exhaust gas scandal has been about nitrogen oxides (NOX). Volkswagen now admits that internal investigations have revealed irregularities in the CO2 values ​​of numerous models. Worldwide, up to 800,000 vehicles could be affected.

November 06, 2015

Volkswagen admits to having manipulated test procedures or vehicles for better CO2 values. At first it was said that the false information had only been given on paper.

November 09, 2015

Volkswagen also has to make changes to the engine of 540,000 vehicles affected by the diesel exhaust scandal. This is announced by the Federal Motor Transport Authority and the Federal Ministry of Transport.

November 10, 2015

The Wolfsburg-based car manufacturer VW is still under pressure: The Federal Motor Transport Authority sets the group again a deadline to submit solutions for the manipulated engines. In the scandal about increased carbon dioxide values, according to media reports, the EU Commission is now demanding information about which vehicles are affected and how high the actual CO2 values ​​are.

November 11, 2015

Volkswagen says it is replacing the head of corporate auditing. The previous boss Peter Dörfler vacates the post. On a provisional basis, the previous Porsche man Markus Eberl takes over the post of VW chief scout.

November 13, 2015

Volkswagen's permanent employees do not have to worry about their jobs for the time being, say VW brand boss Diess and works council boss Osterloh. However, lower bonus payments would be expected. The emissions scandal is apparently reflected in the group's sales figures. The Volkswagen house brand sold around five percent fewer vehicles in October than in October of the previous year.

November 21, 2015

In the USA, Volkswagen is submitting an initial plan to the environmental authorities CARB and EPA to deal with the emissions scandal. In Wolfsburg, VW boss Matthias Müller announces that the company will limit the investment volume by one billion to twelve billion euros in 2016.

November 24, 2015

The Braunschweig public prosecutor is expanding its investigation into the emissions affair: According to NDR information, it is now also investigating tax evasion. The initial suspicion is directed against five VW employees. It is about tax evasion in the millions.

November 25, 2015

The Federal Motor Transport Authority has approved VW's proposals for retrofitting vehicles that are equipped with manipulation software. With the help of new air grilles and software updates, it should be surprisingly easy to reduce pollutant emissions so that they comply with the permitted limit values.

November 27, 2015

VW extends the factory holidays in Wolfsburg, Emden and Osnabrück. In some cases, the belts are supposed to stand still for almost a month. VW is reacting to the current situation, says spokesman Christoph Adomat NDR 1 Lower Saxony.

Meanwhile, Emden has to be prepared for extremely tight budgets: VW is not paying the city any trade tax this year.

"Ten percent of zero is zero". With this simple calculation, VW works council boss Bernd Osterloh gives the employees little hope of this year's bonus payment. He also urges management to back off.

December 02, 2015

In front of tens of thousands of VW employees, the powerful owner families in Wolfsburg are sending out a signal. Wolfgang Porsche, who also sits on the VW supervisory board, emphasizes at the works meeting that the Porsche and Piëch families stand by Volkswagen and to secure employment in the company. However, the future of temporary workers remains uncertain.

December 09, 2015

In Wolfsburg, the VW supervisory board meets on the factory premises to discuss the emissions scandal. Shortly beforehand, the group had some good news to announce: The issue of the CO2 problem with gasoline engines has largely been closed. One month after questionable CO2 readings from some models became known, after extensive internal tests and measurement controls, it was clear that the readings from almost all 800,000 suspected cars corresponded to the information originally determined. In addition, some personnel decisions become known, for example Ralf Brandstätter takes over the procurement department at the core brand VW.

December 10, 2015

For the first time since the emissions scandal became known, VW CEO Müller and Supervisory Board boss Pötsch speak live in front of journalists and admit mistakes. Pötsch spoke of unprecedented months. "Nobody could have imagined that the company could get into a situation like the one we have been experiencing since the end of September," said Pötsch. The group had been put in an extremely difficult position.VW CEO Matthias Müller said: "We will not allow this crisis to paralyze us, we will use it as a catalyst for the change that Volkswagen needs." A whole chain of errors is held responsible for the use of the cheat software.

December 16, 2015

Volkswagen has announced that it will start the recall campaign ordered by the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) in January. A total of 2.4 million diesel cars are to be delivered to the workshop nationwide throughout the year. VW promises that the update will not change the consumption or performance of the vehicles.

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January 04, 2016

The US is suing VW. The US Department of Justice accuses the Wolfsburg automaker of using fraudulent software and violating the climate protection law. The violations could be punished with a billion dollar fine. In the US, more than 600,000 vehicles are said to be affected, the ministry writes in a statement. The lawsuit is directed not only against the core brand VW, but also against the group subsidiaries affected by the scandal, Audi and Porsche. So far, the group and the American environmental authorities have not yet been able to agree on a recall plan for affected vehicles.

January 11, 2016

In the vicinity of the US Motor Show in Detroit, VW boss Matthias Müller causes a lot of irritation. In interviews, he brings the fraudulent emissions scandal into the vicinity of technical oversights. Those responsible for VW would have probably misinterpreted the legal situation at the time. In the ARD morning magazine, Müller speaks of a mistake that the technicians were not aware of. Head shaking in Germany, anger and indignation in the USA are the result of this trivializing representation of an unprecedented process.

January 22, 2016

Apparently the exhaust gas affair sheds light on: According to information from NDR, WDR and "Süddeutscher Zeitung" there is a kind of key witness who was involved in the manipulation of the software. Accordingly, he testified a few months ago.

February 05, 2016

The Volkswagen Group is postponing the presentation of the annual financial statements, which was previously planned for March 10, and the Annual General Meeting scheduled for April 21. The reason for this is that the Wolfsburg-based car manufacturer still cannot say how expensive the VW scandal will ultimately be. Meanwhile, according to NiedersachsenMetall, the suppliers are also feeling the consequences of the crisis.

February 12, 2016

The VW sales figures for the month of January are known and they are unpleasant for the group: The Volkswagen brand, shaken by the emissions affair, has to accept sharp declines in almost all regions in January. In Germany, deliveries in January fell by 10.2 percent compared to the previous month. In the USA, where it is still not clear how the recall for diesel cars should work, the numbers have even slumped by a good 35 percent. Only China saves the bigger picture.

19th February 2016

The schedule for the second wave of recall of the VW cars affected by the scandal is announced: The second wave of recall will start in Germany at the end of May - then the 1.2-liter engines will be on. Meanwhile, the suppliers are already suffering from VW's announced austerity measures.

March 02, 2016

Volkswagen sets out the timing of the emissions scandal in a comprehensive announcement. Ex-CEO Winterkorn was therefore able to know about the cheating as early as 2014.

In addition, the first German civil lawsuit in the exhaust gas scandal begins in Bochum. A university professor has sued a VW dealership in Bochum where he bought a VW Tiguan last year. He insists on the reversal of his sales contract. Right at the beginning of the process, the Bochum Regional Court made it clear that it had a different legal opinion.

March 06, 2016

The VW board of directors around ex-boss Winterkorn apparently already knew about the exhaust gas manipulation at the end of August 2015. It was not until September that the US environmental agency made the scandal public. Volkswagen had therefore deliberately withheld the information. This is the result of research by NDR, WDR and Süddeutscher Zeitung.

March 08, 2016

At a non-public works meeting at the Wolfsburg parent plant, the conflict between VW brand boss Herbert Diess and works council boss Bernd Osterloh came to a head. There are disputes over the design of VW's austerity program.

March 09, 2016

The "Wall Street Journal" reports on an expansion of the US judicial authorities' investigations against Volkswagen. Accordingly, the list of allegations also includes suspicion of bank fraud and possible violations of tax laws.

March 10, 2016

US boss Michael Horn surprisingly has to vacate his post. For a while, Volkswagen's future North American boss Hinrich Woebcken Horns will take over the post. There are many open construction sites: There is still no technical solution for the recall of around 580,000 manipulated cars.

Volkswagen is cutting every tenth job in the VW administration. Around 3,000 jobs could be affected. From corporate circles, however, it is said that job cuts through staff fluctuations, partial retirement or the assignment of new tasks for the colleagues concerned is possible.

March 11, 2016

Developers of the VW group manipulated the software of diesel vehicles until 2015 - even though a US authority had warned VW in summer 2014 that exhaust gas values ​​were too high when they were being used on the road. The report NDR, WDR and "Süddeutsche Zeitung", the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economics confirms the information.

March 15, 2016

As confirmed by the Regional Court of Braunschweig, Volkswagen is being sued by 278 shareholders for a total of 3.255 billion euros. Investors are demanding compensation to compensate for the price losses after the diesel scandal became known. It is the first billions in proceedings in Germany against VW because of the emissions affair.

In the meantime, it is known that the job cuts at the VW Nutzfahrzeuge plant in Hanover-Stöcken will not continue for the time being: According to the company, 700 temporary workers contracts are to be extended by half a year because the order situation is good.

March 16, 2016

Volkswagen wins the first lawsuit in Germany that deals with the emissions scandal: the Bochum district court dismisses a car owner's complaint. This had demanded that VW take back its Tiguan equipped with the manipulation software. The cost of remedying the defect would be below the de minimis limit of one percent of the purchase price, according to the judge.

March 21, 2016

According to the Regional Court of Braunschweig, 76 claims for damages have been received in Germany because of the diesel affair. Most of the claims come from private investors. In addition, there is the class action brought by 278 major investors. A second class action is already being prepared.

March 24, 2016

The next wave of recall of cars with manipulation software is delayed further. As early as February 29th, Passat vehicles in particular should be in the workshops in order to receive the necessary update. However, there is still no approval from the Federal Motor Transport Authority.

In the legal dispute with the US environmental agency EPA, VW receives a deadline extension of 14 days. Actually, by March 24, there should have been concrete plans for retrofitting diesel vehicles equipped with manipulation software in the USA. However, VW and EPA have not yet agreed on a path.

March 26, 2016

Statements by several VW managers relieve CEO Matthias Müller. This is reported by "Der Spiegel". Müller had been accused of having known about the use of prohibited software weeks before the group's admission, or to be more precise: since a board meeting in September 2015. At the time, he was Porsche boss and sat on the VW board. Now, according to the report, the managers told a US law firm investigating the scandal that the then CEO Martin Winterkorn had merely said at the meeting that there were problems with the approval of diesel models in the US. But there was no indication of any violations of the law.

As "Der Spiegel" reports, rooms of the Gifhorn car developer IAV were searched at the beginning of October 2015. The company, in which VW holds 50 percent of the shares, is involved, among other things, in the development of engine management systems for Volkswagen cars.

March 29, 2016

Because VW threatens high fines, the shareholders must obviously expect a failure of the dividend. "There is no indication that there is even hope for a cent," the dpa news agency quotes a member of the supervisory board.

In the meantime, the US trade authority FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has filed a lawsuit against VW for misleading advertising because the exhaust gas values ​​of the cars advertised as "clean diesel" in the USA have turned out to be "fancy" in retrospect.

April 21, 2016

VW has reached an agreement with the US environmental authority on how to proceed in the exhaust gas scandal. Both sides submitted a plan to a court in San Francisco, as the judge in charge confirmed. According to this, the owners of diesel vehicles with manipulated exhaust gas values ​​should be able to decide whether their car is to be converted or whether they can buy it back from the group. VW should also pay damages.

April 22, 2016

For the first time, the top management names reliable company figures for the past year. Accordingly, the group made a bottom line loss of 1.6 billion euros in 2015. The reason: VW is putting back 16.2 billion euros for fines and claims for damages. The variable salaries of the board members are also to be reduced by 30 percent - but only for the time being and under certain conditions. The dividend will also be cut significantly.

May 11, 2016

The Emirate of Qatar is sending a woman to the Volkswagen Supervisory Board. The economic and computer expert Hessa al Jaber is to be appointed to the supervisory body at the general meeting. She has been the Minister for Information and Communication Technology in Qatar since 2013. The emirate is the third largest VW shareholder with 17 percent of the voting rights. Since the beginning of the year, 30 percent women have been appointed to the supervisory board. So far, there are only three women on the supervisory body.

May 27, 2016

The group is apparently considering building its own battery factory - possibly in Salzgitter, where conventional engines have been built up to now. The news agency dpa reports with reference to corporate groups. VW wants to put ten billion euros into the project. The "Handelsblatt" had previously written that the mood in VW management was developing towards its own battery production in order not to be dependent on Asian manufacturers.

June 03, 2016

The biggest recall in VW history is apparently finally getting underway. The group announces that the responsible Federal Motor Transport Authority has approved the Europe-wide retrofitting of 800,000 VW cars of the Passat, CC and Eos models. Customers should be informed of the start by post.

June 10, 2016

The Federal Motor Transport Authority has also given approval for retrofitting for another 1.1 million vehicles from the VW Group.

June 20, 2016

The public prosecutor's office in Braunschweig has started investigations against the former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn and another person on suspicion of market manipulation. The reason is a criminal complaint by the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin). The authority assumes that the suspects withheld the information about the emissions scandal in order not to endanger the value of the shares.

June 24, 2016

A manager of a VW branch is arrested in South Korea. Among other things, he is said to have forged documents on emission values.

Meanwhile, the Norwegian state fund has sued Volkswagen for damages amounting to 680 million euros.

June 28, 2016

The processing of the exhaust gas scandal in the USA is apparently much more expensive for Volkswagen than expected. The compensation and penalties are expected to amount to 14.7 billion dollars (13.3 billion euros). This emerges from a settlement proposal that American plaintiffs have submitted to the competent judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco.

July 14, 2016

The California environmental authority CARB rejects a conversion concept proposed by VW for around 16,000 cars with three-liter engines. The proposal from Volkswagen is "incomplete, considerably inadequate and falls short of legal requirements," according to CARB. Should Volkswagen have to buy back these cars too, it would cost billions of dollars more.

July 26, 2016

VW has taken a big step further in overcoming the emissions scandal: The responsible US court in San Francisco has initially approved the billions settlement sought.

July 28, 2016

VW increased its profit in the first half of 2016. But the group had to put billions aside again because of the emissions scandal.

August 02, 2016

The Bavarian state government announces that it wants to sue VW for share price losses. Bavarian Finance Minister Markus Söder (CSU) said the Bavarian pension fund lost up to 700,000 euros when VW shares crashed last September.

In the meantime, the South Korean Ministry of the Environment has banned the sale of a total of 80 VW models and imposed a fine of 14.3 million euros on Volkswagen for the emissions scandal. VW, Audi and Bentley models are affected by the ban.

August 08, 2016

Claims for damages by 170 VW shareholders will be clarified in a test case before the Higher Regional Court of Braunschweig. The Braunschweig Regional Court cleared the way for this with a resolution. Meanwhile, the Italian competition authority in Rome announced that Volkswagen would have to pay a fine of up to five million euros in Italy for the manipulated emissions values.

August 30, 2016

Volkswagen is not taking legal action against the sales ban for almost all VW models in South Korea. Instead, a Volkswagen spokesman in Seoul announced that the company would see to a re-registration as soon as possible.

September 08, 2016

In Emden there is no longer enough work for the factory employees due to a drop in orders. There is therefore a risk of a four-day week from October until the production stop for this year. One of the reasons for the decline is said to be the South Korean ban on the sale of many Volkswagen models. It was not until August that short-time working was threatened at six German VW locations because VW had quarreled with the Prevent supplier group. At the plant in Emden, production actually came to a standstill for a while.

September 10, 2016

Before a US court, a VW engineer admits his complicity in the VW emissions scandal for the first time. According to the 62-year-old, work on the manipulation software began in 2006. This means that the question of guilt in the diesel scandal can be further clarified with the help of a first actively involved person. The engineer has promised to help the US government with the further investigation.

19th September 2016

The limitation period for claims for damages in the emissions scandal at Volkswagen has expired. On this day alone, the number of investor lawsuits at the Braunschweig Regional Court doubled to a total of 1,400, as the court announced. The amount in dispute now adds up to around 8.5 billion euros.

September 25, 2016

According to a report by "Bild am Sonntag", the former VW group boss Martin Winterkorn knew of manipulations before the exhaust gas affair became known and is said to have initially covered them. At the end of July 2015, he is said to have been informed by developers about illegal software in exhaust technology, according to the newspaper.

September 30, 2016

VW agrees with dealers in the USA on a settlement in the emissions scandal. According to this, VW will pay the approximately 650 dealers $ 1.2 billion in compensation (just under 1.1 billion euros). The compromise has yet to be approved by the competent judge Charles Breyer.

October 18, 2016

In the USA, Judge Charles Breyer wants to announce at a hearing whether he agrees to a settlement between Volkswagen and customers. The comparison involves around 475,000 cars with 2.0-liter engines. Breyer then asks for up to seven days to think about it.

October 25, 2016

Richter Breyer agrees with the comparison between Volkswagen and US customers in the state of California. This means that VW in the USA will face costs of up to 16.5 billion US dollars (15.2 billion euros).

October 27, 2016

In the first nine months of the current year, Volkswagen earned EUR 8.65 billion in earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT). In the same period last year it was only 3.34 billion. In 2014, however - before the exhaust gas values ​​manipulations became known - there had been 9.4 billion euros EBIT after nine months.

October 29, 2016

VW Chief Human Resources Officer Karlheinz Blessing makes it clear in the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" that thousands of jobs will be lost in the course of the VW conversion. However, there should not be any redundancies for operational reasons.

November 04, 2016

The supervisory board comes together for an additional meeting to discuss the future direction of the car manufacturer: about investments over the next five years and the so-called future pact - i.e. how much money goes into which VW plants and how the conversion to electric cars can work and where how much should be saved.

Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) announces that the "manipulative action of VW" is not excusable in his opinion - and that "regardless of the question of whether the software is prohibited by national law or not".The reason is VW's argument in court that the pollutant software does not violate EU law.

November 06, 2016

The Braunschweig public prosecutor's office is now also investigating the chairman of the VW supervisory board, Hans Dieter Pötsch, on suspicion of market manipulation. According to VW, the investigation relates to the time when Pötsch was the Group's CFO.

17th November 2016

Volkswagen is presenting its reform package, which includes billions in investments in alternative drive systems and the creation of 9,000 new jobs by 2025, but also the shedding of 30,000 jobs worldwide.

22nd November 2016

Lower Saxony's Prime Minister and VW Supervisory Board Stephan Weil (SPD) describes the job cuts as a "bitter pill".

December 05, 2016

The group is introducing its new brand for mobility services: it is called "Moia" and is also to be understood as a reaction to the diesel scandal - as a new, more comprehensive concept of the group, which has so far primarily focused on car manufacturing.

December 10, 2016

According to "Handelsblatt" there are new allegations from the USA. Accordingly, evidence such as cell phones from executives and e-mails should have disappeared.

22nd December 2016

The crisis reaches Hanover: VW Commercial Vehicles intends to cut up to 1,500 jobs in the state capital by 2021. However, there should be no redundancies at VWN.

January 03, 2017

The legal service provider MyRight files a lawsuit in Braunschweig in relation to the emissions scandal, which is supposed to have a signal effect. It is hoped that European customers will also be compensated.

January 10, 2017

Despite the emissions scandal, Volkswagen is apparently the world's largest car maker for the first time. The group sold more than 10.3 million vehicles in the past year.

Volkswagen also announces that it has reached a settlement with the Department of Justice and Customs in the United States. Accordingly, the group pays fines and penalties in the amount of 4.3 billion US dollars, about 4.1 billion euros. In addition, VW acknowledges its guilt "in relation to certain US criminal regulations" in the context of the settlement.

At least five VW employees from Wolfsburg have since made themselves available to the FBI as key witnesses in the emissions scandal, according to information from NDR, WDR and SZ. Statements by these witnesses contributed significantly to the arrest of a VW manager in Florida. Some statements also weigh heavily on ex-CEO Winterkorn and the still incumbent VW brand board member Diess.

19th January 2017

Martin Winterkorn is questioned about the diesel scandal in the Bundestag committee of inquiry. The then CEO of the VW Group emphasized once again that "he was not cleared up early and clearly about the measurement problems". When he found out about the manipulation, he quickly contacted the federal government and authorities.

20th January 2017

Ex-VW boss Winterkorn does not have to testify in a compensation process, the Paderborn Regional Court has decided. The court granted the ex-manager Freitag a comprehensive right to refuse to testify because he could incriminate himself by making truthful statements.

January 27, 2017

The Braunschweig public prosecutor is now investigating the former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn on suspicion of fraud in connection with the emissions scandal. Overall, the authority expanded its investigation from 21 to 37 suspects.

February 03, 2017

Ferdinand Piëch, the former head of the VW supervisory board, weighs heavily on Martin Winterkorn, ex-CEO. According to "Spiegel" information, Piëch testified in detail to the Braunschweig public prosecutor. Accordingly, Winterkorn is said to have learned of the exhaust gas fraud earlier than he had admitted. Piëch himself claims to have received information about problems in the USA as early as February 2015 and asked Winterkorn about them.

February 04, 2017

Because of the emissions scandal, VW has to save, but at the same time board members are collecting millions - like Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt, who receives a severance payment of millions. The works councils criticize this sharply. But how seriously is this actually meant? After all, group works council chief Bernd Osterloh should know about the remuneration of the board of directors.

February 05, 2017

The fish processors from Deutsche See from Bremerhaven have filed a lawsuit against VW. They are demanding 11.9 million euros in damages because they bought around 500 cars with diesel engines seven years ago. One feels fraudulently deceived, according to the company. Meanwhile, ex-VW supervisory board chairman Ferdinand Piëch is moving back into focus: If he really learned about the diesel manipulation two years ago, as the Braunschweig public prosecutor said, and informed ex-VW boss Martin Winterkorn about it, then ask himself the question of "whether Professor Piëch fulfilled his duties as chairman of the supervisory board at the time". That said IG Metall boss and VW supervisory board Jörg Hofman in an interview. Are Piëch threatened with claims for damages?

February 06, 2017

The Volkswagen supervisory board wants to reform the remuneration system for top managers and allow the head of the board of directors to earn a maximum of ten million euros in future. Meanwhile: Luxembourg is filing a lawsuit against VW in the wake of the emissions scandal. The reason: According to a minister, a total of 31,521 cars of the brands affected by the scandal are on the road in the Grand Duchy.

February 08, 2017

Former VW supervisory board chairman Ferdinand Piëch burdens several of the group's supervisory boards in the emissions scandal. Lower Saxony's Prime Minister Stefan Weil (SPD) is among them, as reported by the "Bild" newspaper. Weil rejects the allegations. "I have been aware of these allegations for several months. They have been subjected to an independent review and have been assessed as untrustworthy."

09 February 2017

Former Volkswagen supervisory board chairman Ferdinand Piëch addressed the question of who knew what about the emissions scandal and when, Lower Saxony's Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD). Piëch wants to have informed Weil about indications of diesel manipulation as early as March 2015. The Prime Minister rejected the allegations and spoke of "fake news". Meanwhile, Piëch also brings in the head of the Israeli domestic secret service Schin Bet. He is said to have informed Piëch of exhaust gas manipulation at Volkswagen in early 2015. This is reported by the "Spiegel".

February 13, 2017

The savings plan at VW causes trouble. In their dispute over the implementation of the future pact at the VW core brand, the works council and management postponed their negotiations on February 13th with no result. Now group board member Matthias Müller interferes - and addresses the workforce in an open letter. It is also known that a lawsuit on behalf of tens of thousands of injured VW customers has landed in court. According to its own information, the legal service provider MyRight filed its second lawsuit with "model effect". After Braunschweig, the Regional Court of Munich II is now also dealing with a lawsuit from a single customer.

March 08, 2017

The Higher Regional Court of Braunschweig has named Deka Investment, a model plaintiff whose claim for damages is to be decided on behalf of 1,470 other small and institutional investors. All lawsuits are pending at the Braunschweig Regional Court. The claims total 1.9 billion euros. According to the court, a decision has not yet been made on the lawsuits filed there by funds, banks and insurance companies.

15th March 2017

The Munich public prosecutor's office has the offices of the Audi automobile group searched. There is also a raid at VW in Wolfsburg. The subject of the investigation are around 80,000 cars for the US market that Audi has equipped with diesel engines.

March 16, 2017

In addition to the offices of Audi and VW, the Munich public prosecutor's office also had the offices of the US law firm Jones Day searched. The Volkswagen Group reacted sharply: "We consider the actions of the Munich public prosecutor's office to be unacceptable in every respect," it said in a statement. One will proceed against the operation "with all means available to us".

April 01, 2017

The Braunschweig public prosecutor plans to complete the first proceedings this year for VW diesel fraud. In the company itself, the processing should take longer. "There will not be a real end to it so quickly," said VW supervisory board chairman Hans Dieter Pötsch of the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung". It will "probably take longer than until the end of 2017".

17th April 2017

Volkswagen is coming a step further in the legal processing of the diesel affair. A US court on Friday approved a $ 4.3 billion settlement by the Justice Department - around four billion euros. This is intended to settle criminal investigations against the Wolfsburg-based car maker. It was only in January that VW admitted guilty party and with it crimes such as conspiracy against environmental laws and obstruction of the judicial authorities.

April 21, 2017

The US lawyer Larry Thompson becomes a so-called monitor. He and his team of around 60 will be accompanying Volkswagen from now on. Thompson is supposed to make sure that something like the Diesel scam doesn't happen again. His appointment is part of the billion dollar settlement between VW and the US Department of Justice.

09 May 2017

Parts of the bonuses for 2016 to ex-VW boss Winterkorn have been frozen at his suggestion. That reports Hello Lower Saxony. And that on the day of the Group's annual general meeting.

July 22, 2017

The EU Commission is increasing the pressure on the governments of countries and car manufacturers such as Volkswagen. In a letter to the Member States' transport ministers, EU Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska calls for cars that do not comply with the limit values ​​to be radically withdrawn from circulation. For VW this could mean: If affected vehicles from Wolfsburg are not converted, they would have to be shut down.

August 06, 2017

The "Bild am Sonntag" (BamS) reports that Prime Minister Weil had VW "tweak" his government statement. The State Chancellery then published a speech manuscript that documents both the original version, the change requests from Volkswagen and the version of the government declaration that Weil made on October 13, 2015 in front of the Lower Saxony state parliament on the diesel affair.

26th August 2017

In the USA, a VW employee was convicted for the first time as a result of the emissions affair. VW engineer James Liang is sentenced to more than three years in prison, plus a heavy fine.

16th September 2017

About two years after the diesel scandal became known, the VW dealers are now rehearsing the uprising and announcing claims for damages.

29th September 2017

VW has to set aside another 2.5 billion euros to deal with the emissions scandal. This means that the diesel manipulation has cost the group more than 25 billion euros so far.

18th November 2017

An independent special auditor is supposed to clarify the emissions scandal at Volkswagen. The Higher Regional Court (OLG) Celle has decided to have the processes around the use of manipulated software in diesel vehicles checked. The court announced that the application to set up a special audit was followed.

November 28, 2017

The deadline for the software update on the VW Amarok ends. Authorities are therefore now putting pressure on the drivers: Without an update there is a risk of the diesel cars concerned being shut down.

07 December 2017

VW manager Oliver Schmidt has been sentenced to seven years in prison and a fine. A US court in Detroit found him complicit in tampering with diesel engines.

December 12, 2017

Tens of thousands of models of the VW Touareg off-road vehicle have to be recalled because of prohibited exhaust technology. A software update should help.

December 14, 2017

Registration authorities have begun nationwide to force owners of VW cars affected by the diesel scandal who do not yet have a software update to convert. According to research by NDR, WDR and "Süddeutscher Zeitung", around 90 car owners have so far been asked to have their vehicles converted within four weeks - otherwise the cars would be shut down.

January 28, 2018

Next low blow: Media reports that VW deliberately exposed monkeys to diesel exhaust fumes in the United States to prove that pollution has decreased. There is criticism from all sides.

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February 14, 2018

VW wants to come to an out-of-court settlement with the ex-manager Oliver Schmidt. Volkswagen had fired Schmidt because he was in custody for the diesel scandal in the USA.

March 01, 2018

VW is submitting a detailed response in the context of the model lawsuit, which is pending before the Braunschweig Higher Regional Court.

April 14, 2018

The realignment of the world's largest car manufacturer is a done deal: VW brand boss Herbert Diess is the new Volkswagen CEO. He replaces Matthias Müller.

May 03, 2018

"VW should become more decent": Diess, the new man at the top, presented himself to investors for the first time as CEO at the VW general meeting. He wants to promote the announced cultural change, he says.

04 May 2018

Former VW boss Winterkorn in its sights: The US judiciary is bringing charges against Winterkorn and even issuing an arrest warrant. She accuses him of fraud, conspiracy to violate environmental laws and deceiving the authorities.

07 May 2018

Winterkorn has long been suspected of having known about the diesel manipulation at an early stage. New details from US interrogation protocols have now become known. You also burden VW boss Diess.

May 11, 2018

The Bundestag member Oliver Krischer (Greens) files criminal charges against ex-VW boss Martin Winterkorn according to NDR information. Krischer's accusation: Winterkorn is said to have lied to the investigative committee. In January 2017, the manager was questioned in the Bundestag as a witness to the emissions scandal.

June 14, 2018

The Braunschweig public prosecutor's office imposed a fine of one billion euros on VW. "Volkswagen accepts the fine and thereby acknowledges its responsibility," said VW on Wednesday. The company would not appeal.

June 26, 2018

Who will get the VW billion? The state government of Lower Saxony presents the draft budget for 2019 - and says what should be done with the fine: The money should primarily flow into the areas of digitization, health care and air pollution control.

July 07, 2018

Almost three years after the diesel scandal became known, the issue still preoccupies the judiciary. According to a VW spokesman, there are now around 4,500 judgments, mostly from regional courts and around a dozen from higher regional courts. The front runner: the Braunschweig Regional Court.

July 26, 2018

What did Winterkorn know when? The former VW boss is said to have been informed in detail about the exhaust gas fraud months before the diesel scandal became known. In addition, he learned of problems with exhaust gas cleaning for the US market as early as 2007. This is what the accused claim in their statements to the Braunschweig public prosecutor.

July 31, 2018

High-ranking VW employees apparently knew early on about the consequences of the manipulated diesel values. This is proven by internal documents. Accordingly, managers, lawyers and engine developers had great worries shortly before the fraud became known. The VW group itself claims to have been surprised by the allegations of the US authorities in September 2015.

August 27, 2018

For about a year now, US supervisor Larry Thompson has been looking very closely at Volkswagen because of the emissions scandal. In his first interim report, the supervisor addressed deficits at VW.

September 10, 2018

The billions in model proceedings by investors in the diesel scandal begin before the Braunschweig Higher Regional Court.

October 08, 2018

The Wolfsburg-based car manufacturer parted ways with Rupert Stadler. The previous Audi boss is in custody because of the emissions scandal.

October 11, 2018

VW is offering owners of older diesel cars an exchange bonus. The offer applies to owners of Euro 1 to Euro 5 diesel vehicles in 14 cities with particularly polluted air. According to VW, people from neighboring districts and commuters should also be able to benefit. Anyone who trades their old car should receive a discount on a new car. The planned premiums should be around 4,000 euros on average for diesel with emission standards Euro 1 to Euro 4, for Euro 5 diesel around 5,000 euros.

October 30, 2018

Ex-Audi boss Rupert Stadler is released from custody.

November 01, 2018

In the diesel affair, consumer advocates initiated the nationwide first model declaratory action. On behalf of probably tens of thousands of diesel drivers, they are taking Volkswagen to court.

December 04, 2018

VW announces that it will phase out production of the internal combustion engine by 2040.

January 03, 2019

In the meantime, more than 370,000 VW customers have joined the model declaratory action against the Wolfsburg-based car manufacturer. On behalf of the VW customers affected by the emissions scandal, the Federation of German Consumer Organizations and the ADAC are taking to court. The aim of the lawsuit is to ensure that those affected are awarded damages.

January 11, 2019

VW sells around eleven million vehicles worldwide - more cars than ever before.

January 30, 2019

The Wolfsburg also sell more diesel vehicles again. VW supports the purchase of new diesel cars with discount offers for drivers of older diesel models - the so-called exchange bonus. According to the car manufacturer, it has an impact on the rising diesel sales figures.

April 15, 2019

The Braunschweig public prosecutor's office is bringing charges against former VW boss Martin Winterkorn. In addition to the former chairman of the board, four other executives are also indicted, as the public prosecutor announced.

July 25, 2019

Half-year balance sheet with a plus of two percent: VW achieves more profit than analysts had expected given the general slack in the auto industry. VW sold fewer cars from January to June than in the same period last year, but made more money in the process. The group delivered a total of 5.4 million vehicles and made a profit of around ten billion euros.

July 25, 2019

Volkswagen fails with the termination and a claim for damages against a former manager. She is said to have been involved in the diesel emissions scandal.

July 31, 2019

Ex-Audi boss Rupert Stadler is charged in the diesel scandal.

August 12, 2019

The Higher Regional Court of Braunschweig decides which regional court is responsible for the claims of investors in the VW emissions scandal. For claims for damages due to so-called information breaches by Volkswagen AG, it is therefore the Braunschweig Regional Court. The Stuttgart Regional Court is responsible for claims against Porsche SE, the majority owner of VW.

August 25, 2019

Ferdinand Piëch, former CEO of Volkswagen, dies at the age of 82.

16th September 2019