Cheat Device Luxembourg Files Criminal Case over Dieselgate

Luxembourg has lodged a complaint against “unknown persons” over Volkswagen's Dieselgate devices, calling the deception a criminal act that cheated regulators.
Minister François Bausch said Luxembourg’s regulator was a victim of “criminal action that led it to certify cars.”

As Volkswagen’s battles with the U.S. authorities over the Dieselgate emissions scandal near a conclusion in the form of fines and settlements approaching $23 billion, the carmaker faces fresh pressure closer to home.

Luxembourg launched criminal proceedings on Monday, saying the carmaker cheated regulators. The country, an E.U. member, said that following investigations it was lodging a complaint about the EA 189 engine made by VW’s luxury car brand Audi. The complaint, however, does not name any particular individuals.

“We decided that to launch a lawsuit against unknown persons,” Luxembourg’s minister for infrastructure François Bausch told journalists. The ministry said it was "a victim of criminal action that led it to certify cars.”

Luxembourgers bought 32,000 VW and Audi cars fitted with the emissions-rigging software. Now, the country wedged between Germany, Belgium and France is one of seven E.U member states being scrutinized by Brussels regulators for failing to penalize Volkswagen for using the illegal software to mask higher diesel emissions.

Other countries reprimanded by the European Commission include Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom.