Volkswagen Group’s attempts to contain the fallout from the emissions cheating suffered a setback after Audi, the group’s biggest profit generator, lost a key engineer tainted by the scandal.
The European Union will take legal action against some member states for failing to police car emission rules, its industry commissioner, Elzbieta Bienkowska, said.
Porsche SE, the main shareholder of Volkswagen Group, is facing lawsuits from investors claiming the firm did not disclose the financial risks of VW’s emissions scandal uncovered a year ago.
Volkswagen Group made additional provisions for costs associated with its diesel-rigging scandal as the company announced that first-half earnings rose 7 percent to 7.5 billion euros ($8.25 billion).
Volkswagen Group is set to escape fines from the German Transport Ministry after cheating on emissions tests for years, despite growing public ire over the lack of compensation for European owners of tainted vehicles.
The president of Mitsubishi Motors, Tetsuro Aikawa, will step down less than two years in the job amid a widening fuel economy scandal that torpedoed the automaker’s sales and led to it selling a controlling stake to rival Nissan Motor Co.
Renault is recalling 15,800 Captur SUVs to fix pollution-control systems and will offer voluntary emissions-system updates for about 700,000 vehicles as the automaker seeks to avoid a Volkswagen-type crisis.
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