As time goes on and more and more information is revealed about the Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal, we are getting a fuller picture of just how much the company knew about the issue. Contrary to earlier claims on the part of the automaker that the issue was not widely known internally, as the executives attempted to achieve plausible deniability, a recent report from German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reveals that VW’s former chief executive did have information about the problem. Martin Winterkorn is reported to have received an email from a subordinate employee in May of 2014 concerning the equipment which was installed for the purpose of deceiving emissions testing equipment. Winterkorn has since resigned from his position at Volkswagen, though at the time of his departure he insisted that he had done nothing wrong.
For more information, check out Bloomberg Business’ coverage of the story: VW's Winterkorn Told of Defeat Device Probe in 2014, Bild Says