Germany Fines Volkswagen $1.2 Billion Over Diesel Scandal

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Volkswagen cars wait to be shipped at the harbor in Bremerhaven, northern Germany, on June 1, 2018. (Credit: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)

Volkswagen cars wait to be shipped at the harbor in Bremerhaven, northern Germany, on June 1, 2018. (Credit: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)

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Prosecutors in Germany have imposed a $1.2 billion fine on Volkswagen over the company’s diesel scandal.

The €1 billion ($1.2 billion) penalty was announced Wednesday by public prosecutors and the company, which said it was hoping to turn a page on emissions cheating.

“It is one of the highest fines ever imposed on a company in Germany,” the prosecutor said in a statement.

The automaker said it accepted the penalty.

“Volkswagen accepted the fine and it will not lodge an appeal against it,” the company said in a statement. “Volkswagen, by doing so, admits its responsibility for the diesel crisis.”

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