Auditor: Much Work Ahead to Reform VW Diesel Compliance

November 08, 2018 at 4:03 PM

Volkswagen AG still hasn’t convinced a U.S.-appointed auditor that its emission compliance methods have changed enough to avoid another diesel cheating scandal.

The company has made good progress, but there remains “a lot of work to do,” says Larry Thompson, a former deputy U.S. attorney general who was assigned last year to monitor VW’s progress. Thompson’s appointment was part of a $4.3 billion (€3.8 billion) plea agreement with the U.S. Dept. of Justice in January 2017.

Thompson says the next step will be for his team and VW to begin testing the revamped procedures to determine whether they are effective in detecting violations and preventing cheating.

The aftermath of VW’s admission in 2015 that it rigged 11 million diesels to evade pollution laws has cost the carmaker some €27 billion ($30.7 billion) in penalties, restitution and remediation costs to date.