BERLIN — A technical mission supervisor at Continental has admitted to involvement within the Volkswagen diesel scandal and incriminated different defendants, German prosecutors instructed Reuters.
The unidentified particular person admitted to having data of and involvement within the unlawful use of so-called defeat gadgets in VW diesel automobiles, the prosecutor’s workplace stated, including the particular person can be handled with leniency throughout sentencing because of the statements.
The defeat gadgets, disclosed in 2015, have been used to cheat engine emissions take a look at and triggered the largest company scandal in VW’s historical past.
Different accused people had contacted the prosecutor’s workplace “to make confessional statements,” the workplace added.
A complete of 60 persons are below investigation for aiding and abetting fraud, breach of belief and aiding and abetting breach of belief, prosecutors stated.
Continental declined to remark.
In November 2021, the general public prosecutor’s workplace expanded its investigations into the VW diesel scandal to incorporate former high managers at Continental.
Continental ranks No. 8 on the Automotive Information Europe listing of high 100 international suppliers, with 2021 gross sales to automakers of $22.4 billion.