A Volkswagen car dealership in San Diego, California: Along with a $4.3bn settlement  with the US justice department and EPA,  VW will plead guilty to charges, including wire fraud and violating the US Clean Air Act. Photograph: Reuters/Mike Blake

Oliver Schmidt’s decision to holiday in Florida now seems foolhardy. As a senior VW manager linked to the firm’s diesel emissions scandal, a vacation (...)

Oliver Schmidt, who was head of compliance in the US in 2012 and 2015, is said to be among the VW employees allegedly involved in the briefing. Photograph: AP

Volkswagen’s top management was briefed in the summer of 2015 about the cheating software at the centre of the company’s diesel emissions scandal, and(...)

 Oliver Schmidt: Volkswagen’s executive in the US has been arrested on charges of conspiracy in connection with the VW emissions scandal. Photograph: EPA/Joe Wilssens

The FBI has arrested a Volkswagen executive in the US accused in civil lawsuits of having an important role in covering up the diesel emissions scanda(...)

Any negotiated agreement between VW and the US Department of Justice is likely to require the company to plead guilty to multiple felonies.

After more than a year of legal wrangling over Volkswagen’s self-confessed emissions cheating, US prosecutors are hoping to reach a criminal settlemen(...)