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Published on April 23rd, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Defeat devices which cut emissions. Been around since 1999!

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Investigators probing Volkswagen Group’s diesel-emissions cheating are struggling to make headway through data secured from more than 1,500 laptops that includes obscure company code words. This means it’s unlikely there will be a complete report on the carmaker’s emissions cheating by the end of the month when VW is due to report 2015 earnings, the people added.

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The probe has been slowed by the use of dozens of code words, including “acoustic software,” for the illicit technology Volkswagen used to turn off pollution controls when cars were on the road, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the investigation is confidential.

The confusion along with partly insufficient and outdated computer systems made it difficult to find evidence concrete enough to hold individual employees accountable, they said.

About 450 internal and external investigators have focused on about 20 employees linked to the deception, according to the people familiar with the probe, which is being led by U.S. law firm Jones Day with assistance from Deloitte LP. Proceedings have dragged on because many interviewees were reluctant to provide insight due to fear of the legal consequences, said the people.

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Nearly every step of VW’s efforts to recover from the cheating scandal has taken more time than expected. The company pushed back its reporting date for last year’s earnings, delayed its shareholders’ meeting and sought a month’s extension on a court deadline for negotiating a solution for rigged cars in the U.S. Most of the 11 million tainted cars are still on the road after a sluggish start to a recall in Europe and as talks in the U.S. remain unresolved.


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