Bosch has to pay a €90 million fine for Dieselgate
The German automotive supplier Bosch has agreed to pay a fine of 90 million euro in connection with the scandal of rigged diesel engines. This was announced on May 23th by the Stuttgart prosecutor’s office.
Bosch is the largest automotive supplier in the world and a preferred partner of the leading German car manufacturers.
The judges highlighted “violations of the duty of supervision”, the only possible legal basis for criminal prosecution of a company in Germany.
They complain that Bosch has supplied “German and foreign manufacturers” with around 17 million engine parts “of which the software could be manipulated” to cheat on the actual level of nitrogen oxide emissions.
However, the initiative for this fraud “comes from employees of car manufacturers”, the judges added.
The Dieselgate scandal started in September 2015 at the Volkswagen Group. Bosch said in a statement that it “decided not to appeal”, closing one of the judicial aspects of this tentacular case, and will “continue to develop its internal structures” to comply with the law.
In 2017, Bosch also agreed to pay more than 300 million dollar to the United States in a similar case involving equipment for Chysler vehicles, without admitting its guilt.
The Stuttgart court imposed a fine of 535 million euro on Porsche at the beginning of May, within the same legal framework, while the VW and Audi brands were fined 1,8 billion.
The German courts are continuing their individual investigations against employees in the automotive sector, including three Bosch executives suspected since 2017 of “complicity in fraud” on behalf of Volkswagen.