VW executive sentenced to 7 years behind bars for emissions issues

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The US has given Oliver Schmidt a US$400,000 fine and seven years in jail while the other executives facing charges stay safe in Germany.

In a letter to U.S. District Judge Sean Cox of Detroit, Schmidt acknowledged his guilt. "You saw this as your opportunity to shine ... and climb the corporate ladder at Volkswagen". Reading a written in court, Schmidt broke down saying, "I made bad decisions and for that I am sorry".

Given the weak actions taken to date by the KBA when it comes to the Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal, I wouldn't expect much of anything important to come out of this news, but it's perhaps worth taking note of.

"Every time he chose to lie", Singer said.

VW used sophisticated software to cheat emissions rules on almost 600,000 US vehicles.

US prosecutors have charged eight current and former Volkswagen executives. CEO Matthias Mueller last month expected record deliveries of vehicles for the company in 2017, and the Volkswagen automobile brand has stated it expects record deliveries for this year, and raised its midterm revenue outlook. However, its chief executive in November projected record deliveries of vehicles for VW in 2017 and the leader of its USA operations proclaimed "we're back" at December's Los Angeles Auto Show.

Schmidt was charged with 11 felony counts and federal prosecutors said he could have faced a maximum of up to 169 years in prison. Schmidt led VW's engineering and environmental office in MI from 2012 to early 2015.

He returned to Germany in February 2015 where he was told about the emissions cheating software but later that year conspired with other executives to avoid disclosing "intentional cheating" to allow regulatory approval of the 2016 2.0-litre diesel engines.

"The Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand is now investigating internal reports that it has not been possible to fully confirm certain technical figures in the Conformity of Production (COP) audit for the model T6 Multivan with diesel engines and passenger auto type approval", Volkswagen's official statement reads.

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