Diesel scandal: Bosch is asked to pay
90 million Euro penalties
The diesel scandal not only costs the automakers millions. This is now being felt by automotive supplier Bosch. The company has been fined 90 million euros by the Stuttgart public prosecutor’s office.
The justification: “negligent breach of the duty of supervision in companies”. This was announced by the judicial authority on Thursday. Bosch appears to have accepted the decision and has not appealed against it. According to the decision, the money would be paid to the state of Baden-Württemberg within six weeks.
VW investigates claims for damages against Bosch
However, the diesel scandal is not yet completely over for the supplier. The public prosecutor’s office is still investigating whether Bosch employees helped with the cover-up and thus made themselves liable to prosecution. This was reported by the magazine Wirtschaftswoche in August 2018.
It is also still unclear whether Volkswagen will make claims for damages against Bosch. An application to that effect is currently being examined by the Wolfsburg carmaker, according to the news magazine Der Spiegel in February of this year.
With a penalty of 90 million euros, the supplier pays significantly less than the car manufacturers. Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche together had to pay over two billion euros, the sports car manufacturer Porsche alone has to pay a penalty of over 500,000 euros.
Diesel scandal costs Volkswagen billions
According to the public prosecutor’s office, Bosch delivered more than 17 million engine control and metering controllers to various car manufacturers in 2008. They allegedly contained inadmissible software to manipulate nitrogen oxide emissions.
The diesel scandal has cost the Volkswagen Group over 30 billion euros so far. Most of the costs were for penalties, lawyers’ fees and settlements with customers. In Germany alone, more than 3 million vehicles had been equipped with manipulated software.