8/22/2018

VW Readies Mass Firings Over Diesel Emission Scandal

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Volkswagen AG is preparing to fire perhaps dozens of engineers and managers linked to diesel emission cheating admitted by the company three years ago.

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Volkswagen AG is preparing to fire perhaps dozens of engineers and managers linked to diesel emission cheating admitted by the company three years ago.

The highest-ranking member of the group will be Heinz-Jakob Neusser, former head of VW brand development, according to Germany’s Bild am Sonntag and Handelsblatt newspapers.

The dismissals will target 39 VW employees who have been targeted by German prosecutors in the carmaker’s home state of Lower Saxony, according to Handelsblatt. The business newspaper says VW is likely to conduct a second wave of firings.

The carmaker suspended Neusser shortly after the cheating scandal emerged in September 2015. VW admitted rigging 11 million of its 4- and 6-cylinder diesels, including 555,000 in the U.S., to evade nitrogen oxides emission limits during certification tests.

Neusser was among six executives indicted last year by the U.S. Dept. of Justice for conspiring to evade U.S. emission laws. That group also includes Martin Winterkorn, who was VW Group’s CEO when the cheating was revealed.