Even after that admission, company employees were busy deleting computer files and other evidence, VW's general counsel Manfred Doss acknowledged to Judge Cox. He added, Plain and simple it was wrong.
Volkswagen, now the world's largest automaker, could have been fined anywhere from $17 billion to $34 billion under US law but was said to be cooperative, engaged - save for a few executives and workers who obstructed the investigation - and actively correcting its corporate culture.
The fine pushes the financial cost of the scandal to Volkswagen for just court penalties and vehicle buybacks past $15 billion.
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Munoz and other executives vowed to treat customers with dignity, and said that what happened to Dao will never happen again. According to Dao's attorney, the man suffered a concussion and a broken nose in the incident, and lost two teeth.
Volkswagen has been ordered to pay $2.8 billion for a US diesel emissions cheating scandal. He will assess, oversee and monitor the company's compliance with the terms of its settlements for a period of three years.
The district court judge in Detroit also placed the German auto maker on three years of probation, settling the United States criminal case over the scandal that has roiled the firm since 2015. "We let people down and for that we are deeply sorry", Doess said.
Neal disclosed that a former Justice Department official, Larry Thompson, will serve as a monitor to ensure that VW complies with the plea agreement, which includes three years of probation and complete future cooperation with any inquiries by investigators. US prosecutors said in January that five of the seven are believed to be in Germany.
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Zuckerberg said the company is making the "first mainstream augmented reality platform out of the camera", called "Act 2". However, he also has predicted that the augmented-reality platform will soon be incorporated into eyeglasses as well.
"We have taken significant steps to strengthen accountability, enhance transparency and build a better company and we look forward to working closely with Mr. Thompson as we press forward with the biggest change process in Volkswagen's history", said Ms. Hiltrud Werner, Board Member of Integrity and Legal Affairs at Volkswagen AG.
Ferdinand Piech, chairman of the supervisory board of the Volkswagen Group, had already stepped down in April 2015 following a failed power struggle with Winterkorn but remained a shareholder. One executive is in custody and awaiting trial and another pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate. Another, James Robert Liang, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States last fall. "Volkswagen today is not the same company that it was 18 months ago".
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NY went 8-1 over its first stretch in the Bronx this season, its most wins in a homestand since going 9-1 from July 17-26, 2009. To clear a roster spot, the White Sox optioned outfielder Willy Garcia to Triple-A Charlotte after Sunday's win over the Twins.