DETROIT, March 10 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)