Volkswagen has not yet turned the page on dieselgate. The supervisory board of the German auto giant announced in a statement Friday its intention to seek damages from its former chairman of the board, Martin Winterkorn, and former Audi chairman Rupert Stadler. The Volkswagen board believes that the two leaders failed in their obligations during the scandal of rigged software, which had allowed the manufacturer to minimize the emissions of 11 million diesel cars during homologation tests.
After six years of investigations and 1,550 interviews, the law firm Gleiss Lutz concluded that Martin Winterkorn should have explained the circumstances of the use of unauthorized software functions in 2L diesel engines sold in the United States between 2009 and 2015. In addition, “he also failed to ensure that the questions asked by the US authorities in this context receive an honest, complete and prompt response,” the statement said. The leader, however, denies these accusations, and intends to enter into a dialogue with Volkswagen to explain himself, his lawyers said.