The first 2.0-litre turbo-diesel EA189 built; VW announces aim to be world number one by 2018

MAY 2014

West Virginia University publishes NOx report citing Volkswagen

DEC 2014

VW America issues a voluntary recall to EA189 engine

JAN 2015

VW Group posts 10m sales for the first time in a calendar year (in 2014)

APR 2015

VW brand CEO Martin Winterkorn ousts Ferdinand Piech as VW Group chairman

AUG 2015

VW Group overtakes Toyota and achieves aim of being the biggest carmaker globally, three years early


FRIDAY 18 EPA goes public with its findings; 482,000 VW vehicles are affected in the US SUNDAY 20 Winterkorn apologises for irregularities MONDAY 21 VW shares fall 19 percent on the news; VW America CEO Michael Horn admits: “We have totally screwed up” TUE 22 Shares drop another 20pc; class actions kick off in North America and the United Kingdom WED 23 Winterkorn resigns as CEO under pressure from the board THUR 24 VW Canada withdraws diesels from sale FRI 25 German government claims defeat devices also fitted in Europe, the world’s biggest diesel market VW Group board announces Matthias Muller as new chairman and CEO