VW ordered to pay €1 billion fine for Dieselgate in Germany


Volkswagen was handed a fine of €1 billion ($1.18 billion) on Wednesday by district prosecutors in the central German city of Braunschweig, close to VW's headquarters in Wolfsburg.
"Volkswagen accepts this fine and acknowledges its responsibility," for the Dieselgate emissions scandal, the company said in a press release.
The penalty is for "between the years of 2007 and 2015, allowing some 10.7 million vehicles on the road with unreliable emissions software...in the US, Canada and worldwide."
The company expressed optimism that paying the fine would partly set right its wrongdoing, and serve as a deterrant for any similar behavior in the future.
News of the emissions scandal broke in September 2015 when US researchers discovered that millions of Volkswagen diesel cars had been installed with faulty software that made the vehicles appear to pass emissions standards, though their pollution levels were actually far higher than regulations allowed.
The scandal helped prompt mass recalls, significant damage to VW's reputation and the resignations of several of the firms top employees.
It has since transpired that several other car manufacturers had employed similar software to dupe tests on their diesels, especially in order to pass particularly stringent US standards for nitrogen oxide emissions.