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VW ‘dieselgate’ fraud: Timeline of a scandal

FRANKFURT AM MAIN: As Volkswagen faces the wrath of investors in the first mass "dieselgate" lawsuit on its home turf, here's a look at how the emissions cheating was uncovered and the fallout for the auto giant:  2014 US researchers at the University of West Virginia discover that certain VW diesel cars emit up to 40 times the permissible levels of harmful nitrogen oxide when tested on the road.  2015 September 18: The US Environmental Protection Agency accuses VW of duping diesel emissions tests using so-called…

Diesel emissions kill 5,000 people in Europe per year: study

PARIS: Emissions from diesel cars rigged to appear eco-friendly may be responsible for 5,000 air pollution deaths per year in Europe alone, according to a study published Monday. The numbers are in line with previous assessments of deaths due to the so-called "Dieselgate" scandal, which erupted when carmaker Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to cheating on vehicle emissions tests. Many other carmakers have since fallen under suspicion. In May this year, a study in the journal Nature said "excess" emissions from diesel…

Volkswagen to cut 30,000 jobs by 2020, suggests report

FRANKENTHAL: Volkswagen intends to cut 30,000 jobs by 2020 as part of a huge savings plan aimed at helping the German auto giant recover from the dieselgate emissions cheating scandal, a German newspaper reported on Friday. The plan, which has been agreed with labour representatives after months of tortuous negotiations, will lead to annual savings of 3.7 billion euros ($3.9 billion), according to the Handelsblatt business daily. Two-thirds of the job losses will be at VW plants in Germany, the others in North America…