Former Volkswagen manager Oliver Schmidt was sentenced to seven years in jail and fined US $400,000 (€339,000) by a federal court judge in Detroit for his role in the diesel emissions scandal on Wednesday. Schmidt was described by Judge Sean Cox at the Theodore Levin US Courthouse as a significant player and an opportunist in the debacle which brought German car manufacturing into disrepute... Еще. Volkswagen allegedly used software to manipulate their diesel cars so their emission levels appeared lower than they actually were. The scandal, involving around 11 million vehicles, broke after the US Environmental Protection Agency carried out car emission tests and found that Volkswagen had violated the Clean Air Act. It was revealed that some devices had allowed diesel car computers to make the engine seem to run up to 40 times cleaner during tests for emissions.