DETROIT, March 10 (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG general counsel Manfred Doess said Friday the German automaker intends to plead guilty to three felony counts as part of a plea agreement reached with the Justice Department in January.
Doess said at a hearing in U.S. District Court in Detroit that he was authorized by the board of directors of VW to enter a guilty plea on its behalf. Under the deal, VW agreed to sweeping reforms, new audits and oversight by an independent monitor for three years after admitting to installing secret software in 580,000 U.S. vehicles to enable it to beat emissions tests over a six-year period. (Reporting by Nick Carey in Detroit. Writing by David Shepardson in Washington; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)