VW emissions of tricks bill reaches $30 billion

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The diesel emission cheating scandal will cost Volkswagen an extra $3 billion (€2.5 billion), due to that the engines are proving “much more technically complex and time consuming” to adapt the company said.

The additional cost for fixing the engines in the united States, taking the total bill to $30 billion.

Two years after the problems that arose for the first time, Volkswagen is still struggling to exit the crisis.

Separately, Munich prosecutors made an arrest in connection with the scandal.

German media reports have named the person in custody, Wolfgang Hatz, member of the board of VW unit from Porsche. However there has been no official confirmation of his identity.

Mr Hatz was head of Research and Development at VW-owned Porsche, and had held other roles in the VW group, including in the development of engines in Audi. He was suspended after the diesel emissions test cheating was exposed. He then left the company.

Last year Porsche said no evidence was found against him.

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Mr Hatz, according to reports, was close to former VW chief executive, Martin Winterkorn, who has denied any knowledge of the “defeat devices” that allowed the vehicles to artificially reduce the emissions during testing before its existence was publicly exposed.

Another former executive of Audi, Giovanni Pamio, was arrested at the beginning of this year, at the request of the u.s. Department of Justice. A man has been jailed in connection with the scandal: Volkswagen engineer James Liang received a 40-month prison terms in a court of the united states last month.’Unexpected and unwelcome’

News of the additional financial burden of dealing with the vehicles in the united States underscores the difficulty the company is having to pull himself from the scandal.

Shares of the German automaker fell sharply on Friday, although it later recovered most of the lost ground.

“This is another unexpected and unwanted ad from VW, not only of the earnings and cash flow of the perspective, but also with respect to the credibility of the management,” said Arndt Ellinghorst, an analyst at Evercore ISI.

VW admitted for the first time in September 2015 who had used the illegal software to fool US emissions tests.

Since then the company has been adapting their cars to comply with the legal requirements. But the process in the united States is proving more difficult than expected.

Also modified cars in Europe, but the process is more simple, VW said.

The additional expenses that are reflected in the VW of third quarter results, which will be presented next month.