Audi hit by £700 million fine for diesel emissions scandal

Lloyd Doyle
October 16, 2018

Volkswagen's subsidiary Audi agreed to pay an €800 million ($926 million) fine in Germany to settle a probe over the carmaker's role in the emissions cheating scandal that shook the auto industry three years ago. The case covered some 4.9 million Audi cars sold in Europe, the USA and elsewhere between 2004 and 20018.

In total, the case dealt with nearly 5 million cars worldwide, built between 2004 and 2018.

"Audi AG has accepted the fine" investigators levied for "deviations from regulatory requirements in certain V6 and V8 diesel aggregates (motors) and diesel vehicles", the group said in a statement, adding that "the fine will directly affect Volkswagen AG's financial earnings" for 2018.

Nitrogen oxides can make existing lung disease worse, contribute to the development of asthma and increase susceptibility to respiratory infections, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


German prosecutors said their fine reflected neglect by Audi management between 2004 and 2018 and, particularly, the extent of the economic gains enjoyed by the company through the cheating.

Former Audi chief Rupert Stadler remains in jail while prosecutors investigate individual involvement in the diesel scandal, and Volkswagen earlier this month cut ties with him. Volkswagen has paid more than $30 billion in fines, settlements and recall costs since the scandal broke. Sales executive Bram Schot is acting as interim CEO. As a result of the administrative order imposing the fine, "the active regulatory offense proceedings conducted by the Munich II public prosecutor against Audi AG will be finally terminated".

VW was fined for developing and selling polluting four-cylinder engines, while prosecutors in Munich at the time said they were examining whether to impose similar fines on Audi.

Audi accepts the fine and will not lodge an appeal against it, the company said.

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