VW executive pleads guilty in emissions scandal

Broward County Sheriff's Office shows German Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt. Schmidt a former manager of a VW engineering office in suburban Detroit pleaded guilty Friday Aug. 4 2017 to conspir

Volkswagen Group will offer incentives to drivers of older diesel models of its five main passenger-car brands to switch to cleaner vehicles in a bid to help cut pollution, it said. For several years, Schmidt shepherded Volkswagen's vehicles through a diesel emission certification process and said the company's vehicles met regulatory standards.

The move will be rolled out across the European Union and will cover all VW brands, including Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Porsche and VW Commercial vehicles. It's likely, however, to take a similar form to scrappage offers previously rolled out by vehicle firms here.

The software detected when cars were being tested and turned the emission controls off during normal driving.

Some 11 million cars worldwide were equipped with the software. An estimated 110,000 Irish cars are involved in this recall and it is believed that work has been carried out on close to 65,000 of these already.

An ex-Volkswagen manager who has pleaded guilty in the German automaker's massive diesel emissions cheating scheme could get up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced later this year, according to his plea agreement.

A former Volkswagen AG compliance executive pleaded guilty to criminal charges stemming from his role in the German auto maker's yearslong emissions-cheating deception.


Oliver Schmidt pleaded guilty to both charges Friday.

Schmidt's lawyers had informed the responsible court in Detroit accordingly.

Schmidt, 48, wearing a red jail jumpsuit and shackled at the wrists and ankles, said simply, "Guilty, your honor", in German-accented English as he entered his pleas in federal court to each of two felonies - conspiracy and violation of the Clean Air Act.

Schmidt is a former manager of a VW engineering office in suburban Detroit. United States prosecutors have amassed more than 4.3 million documents covering more than 40 million pages in the ongoing investigation.

A USA federal judge ruled in a civil lawsuit in April 2017 that Volkswagen "must pay a. 2.8 billion-dollar criminal fine for rigging diesel-powered vehicles to cheat on government emissions tests".

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