The day after Renault announced its indictment, Volkswagen also confirmed, on Wednesday June 9, its indictment in France on May 6 for “Deception” in the investigation of fraud against the pollution control of older generations of diesel engines.
The German automobile giant, which contests “Any prejudice” for French consumers, announced in a press release Wednesday its implication in this resounding scandal of the “dieselgate”, confirming information from Europe 1.
A judicial source also confirmed to Agence France-Presse (AFP) the indictment of Volkswagen on May 6 for “Deception on the substantial qualities of a commodity endangering the health of humans or animals”. According to this judicial source, Volkswagen has been placed “Under judicial supervision with an obligation to post a guarantee for an amount of 10 million euros and an obligation to provide security in the form of a bank guarantee for an amount of 60 million euros”.
The automotive group contests
Volkswagen admitted in the fall of 2015 that it had equipped 11 million of its diesel vehicles with software capable of concealing emissions that sometimes exceed 40 times the authorized standards. Investigations into this scandal have long been slowed down by a legal battle before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) which finally confirmed the illegality of Volkswagen’s software at the end of 2020.
“The proceedings against Volkswagen AG were completed in Germany in 2018 with the payment of a fine of one billion euros for alleged identical facts, including vehicles marketed in France”, said the company in a press release sent to AFP by its lawyer, Nicolas Huc-Morel.
“For Volkswagen AG, the facts examined by the French courts are included and identical to those already decided in Germany, but the investigating judges told us that, according to them, it was necessary to continue the investigations before deciding definitively on this subject”, specified Me Huc-Morel to the AFP.
The company has already challenged this analysis of the magistrates before the investigative chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal. His appeal is awaiting examination.
The dieselgate, which has given rise to legal actions in many countries, has already cost Volkswagen 30 billion euros, largely in the United States where the German group pleaded guilty to fraud in 2017.