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VW identifies misconduct in emissions investigation

The vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen has said it is making good progress in its investigation into the decisions that lead to it installing software to cheat nitrogen oxides emissions tests.

An internal audit has indicated that three factors were involved in Volkswagen’s manipulation of emissions tests, Hans Dieter Pötsch, the chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen group, said in a press conference on 10 December. These were: the misconduct of individual employees, weaknesses in internal processes, and a mindset that tolerated rule breaches in some areas of the company. 

In addition to the internal audit, an external investigation is being conducted by the law firm Jones Day, with support from the professional services firm Deloitte. About 450 people are working on the two investigations, which so far have analysed about 100 terabytes of data and conducted 87 interviews, Pötsch said. The external investigation will be ongoing “well into next year”, he said. 

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