Top Volkswagen executives charged with fraud in emission scandal

Volkswagen emissions scandal: A timeline

Top Volkswagen executives engaged in a “massive fraud” to intentionally sell diesel cars that violated emissions rules, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the New York and Massachusetts attorneys general.

VW has admitted that about 500,000 diesel cars it sold in the U.S. had software designed to cheat on emissions tests. But it repeatedly claimed the deception was executed by lower level employees, without any knowledge of top executives.

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