2005: Volkswagen engineers begin advancement on EA189 diesel motor, subsequently insert program to modify functionality to go emissions tests.
May possibly 2014: California Air Assets Board is informed that VW diesel emissions enhance all through street operations VW CEO Martin Winterkorn reportedly notified.
Sept. three, 2015: Volkswagen executives notify CARB and EPA of the existence of “defeat system” program all through conference in California.
Sept. 18, 2015: EPA problems see of violation of the Thoroughly clean Air Act involving 2009-fifteen Volkswagen and Audi two.-liter turbodiesel engines. Quit-sale subsequently issued. Winterkorn resigns 5 times afterwards.
Nov. two, 2015: EPA problems a see of violation of the Thoroughly clean Air Act involving 2014-16 Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche automobiles with three.-liter diesel engines.
Nov. 19, 2015: Volkswagen officials notify EPA that the defeat system program has existed in all of its U.S. three.-liter diesel types considering that 2009.
January 2016: U.S. Department of Justice files civil accommodate against VW, searching for up to $forty six billion for Thoroughly clean Air Act violations.
Oct 2016: In a settlement with California and federal regulators, VW agrees to commit up to $ten.03 billion on automobile buybacks and owner compensation in the U.S., as well as $4.seven billion on emissions offset courses and boosting thoroughly clean-automobile assignments.
Nov. 1, 2016: VW starts accepting and processing promises from people who ordered or leased its diesel automobiles.
January 2017: VW govt Oliver Schmidt, who was in cost of Volkswagen’s U.S. emissions compliance, arrested in Florida by U.S. authorities. Volkswagen pleads guilty to three U.S. felonies, agrees to pay out $4.three billion in civil and criminal fines.
May possibly three, 2018: Winterkorn indicted in the U.S.
June 18, 2018: Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi, arrested in Germany.
Sept. thirty, 2018: Statements deadline expires for two.-liter diesel engines in the U.S. In full, 467,701 claimants have been issued present letters, which include 373,623 who bought back their automobiles or terminated leases early for $seven.eighty three billion in payouts.
April fifteen, 2019: Prosecutors in Germany cost Winterkorn with fraud and breach of rely on and breach of levels of competition legal guidelines.
May possibly thirty, 2020: Statements deadline for three.-liter diesel engines expires. In full, 69,417 eligible claimants have been issued presents, which include 16,832 who bought back their automobiles or terminated leases early for $684,five hundred,000 in payouts.