Volkswagen had to pay a huge amount of money in the USA for cheating on their car emissions. It would appear that they did not learn their lesson.
A group of car companies including Volkswagen BMW and Daimler have been colluding on emissions tech
The German car companies were fined £750 million for agreeing to not compete on AdBlue tech, which is designed to clean emissions.
Daimler avoided fines as it was the company that admitted to the con.
Rather disgustingly, the companies in question did not agree and are still complaining,
My feeling is that given this is not the first time, the car companies have got away easy, or indeed too easy.
The move to electric cars does seem impossible to stop now, though these and other companies are still trying to slow the move. My thoughts are that fines need to grow over the next decade or less, to the point where if you are caught taking part in a scheme like this it is likely to mean bankruptcy. Shareholders and boards must also make sure that chief executives know that if they set up or partake in a scheme it will hit their money personally even after they have retired.