But he didn’t disclose rogue software that had long fooled authorities into believing that VW was meeting emissions rules on nearly 600,000 vehicles. DETROIT—A judge on Wednesday sentenced a Volkswagen senior manager to seven years in prison for covering up a scheme to evade pollution limits on U.S. diesel vehicles, calling it an astonishing fraud on American consumers. The judge called Schmidt, who had led VW’s engineering and environmental office in Michigan for three years, a “key conspirator” in the deception. “Without trust in corporate America,” Cox said, “the economy can’t function.”The diesel vehicles were programmed to trigger certain pollution results only during testing, not during regular road use. Engineer James Liang co-operated with the FBI and was sentenced to 40 months in prison last summer.
Source: thestar December 07, 2017 17:37 UTC