The scandal known as Dieselgate continues to affect the auto manufacturer Volkswagen, years after the scandal emerged. To refresh memory, the scandal began when it was discovered that Volkswagen had installed emissions cheating software and hardware on diesel vehicles sold in the U.S. and Europe. This software allowed the vehicle to know when it was being tested for emissions, greatly cutting the emissions produced to allow for a passing grade. However, once on the road, the engines spewed several times the allowed environmental limits for most countries. Now, Porsche, a division of Volkswagen, is being fined $598 million in U.S. dollars according to a report from Reuters.
German prosecutors have imposed a fine of €535 million ($598 million) on the luxury automaker Porsche, which is a division of Volkswagen. The fine is the punishment for lapses on behalf of company executives which allowed the company to cheat diesel emissions tests.
The fine against Porsche falls in line with similar fines imposed on Volkswagen (€1 billion) and Audi (€800 million) last year.
Authorities in the United States were the first to uncover the emissions cheating scandal on September 18, 2015. This sparked the largest scandal that the automaker has ever faced, resulting in a cost of €30 billion.
In addition to prosecuting the companies as a whole, German authorities have also pursued charges against individual engineers.
According to prosecutors, Porsche has not yet appealed the findings, or the fines imposed.
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