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大众汽车接近与美国司法部达成刑事和解
VW close to $4.3bn US criminal settlement over emissions scandal

2017-1-11 15:11| 发布者: 悠儿| 查看: 139| 评论: 0

摘要: Volkswagen said on Tuesday it was in advanced talks to pay $4.3bn in penalties and plead guilty to criminal charges to settle with the US Department of Justice over the German carmaker’s diesel emiss ...
VW close to $4.3bn US criminal settlement over emissions scandal
Volkswagen said on Tuesday it was in advanced talks to pay $4.3bn in penalties and plead guilty to criminal charges to settle with the US Department of Justice over the German carmaker’s diesel emissions scandal.

The company would also be subject to supervision by an independent monitor for the next three years.

VW said that the settlement could result in the company’s financial obligations stemming from the scandal exceeding its “current provisions”. In October it said it had set aside more than ¢18.2bn.

The final agreement is subject to approval by VW’s management and supervisory board, which are expected to meet on Wednesday.

VW, which admitted in September 2015 to installing software in its diesel cars to cheat emissions tests, is eager to resolve potential criminal charges before the DoJ political appointees overseeing the settlement talks depart with the Obama administration.

A criminal settlement in the US would be a milestone in VW’s efforts to draw a line under the affair, in which up to 11m of the company’s diesel cars worldwide were fitted with software designed to understate harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides in official tests.

In the US, where the scandal was uncovered by regulators, the affair has already cost VW $15.3bn in a partial civil settlement involving 475,000 two-litre diesel cars, an additional $1.2bn to resolve a class-action lawsuit by the company’s dealers, and a further $1bn to recall or buy back 60,000 three-litre vehicles.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, VW said it had reached a “concrete draft” of the settlement that will see it pay $4.3bn.

周二,大众汽车(Volkswagen)表示,正就支付43亿美元罚金并对多项刑事指控认罪、从而与美国司法部(DoJ)就大众柴油车排放丑闻达成和解展开深入谈判。

这家德国汽车制造商还将在今后三年里,接受一家独立监督机构的监督。

大众表示,这一和解或导致公司由这起丑闻造成的财务责任超出其“目前的拨备”。去年10月,大众表示已拨备逾182亿欧元。

最终协议需得到大众董事会和监事会批准,预计董事会和监事会将在周三举行会议。

2015年9月,大众承认在其柴油汽车中安装了软件,欺骗尾气排放检测。该公司现在急于在获美国司法部任命督管这一和解谈判的政治人士随奥巴马(Obama)政府离任前,了结潜在的刑事指控。

就大众为这一事件画上句号的努力而言,在美国达成刑事和解将具有里程碑的意义。在这一事件中,全球有多达1100万辆大众柴油汽车安装了旨在在官方检测中低报有害氮氧化物排放的作弊软件。

这起丑闻是由美国监管机构发现的。在美国,这一事件给大众造成的损失包括,耗资153亿美元达成一项涉及47.5万辆2升排量柴油汽车的部分民事和解,耗资12亿美元了结大众经销商提起的一宗集体诉讼,耗资10亿美元召回或回购6万辆3升排量柴油汽车。

在周二晚的一份声明中,大众表示已就和解达成“具体的草案”,该公司将为这一和解支付43亿美元。

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