FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen Group has agreed to pay former engine chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser an undisclosed sum after he took the automaker to court over his unpaid 2015 performance bonus, the DPA news agency reported.
Neusser, who headed VW's engine development, left the automaker in September 2015 after it was revealed that VW had cheated diesel-emissions tests in the U.S.
Neusser is the highest ranking of six executives to be indicted by the U.S. over the scandal and has been warned by his lawyer not to leave Germany due to the risk of extradition.
Neusser is not suspected of helping to develop software designed to bypass emissions testing in some diesel vehicles from VW, but he has been accused of persuading company engineers to conceal the fraud starting in 2012.
Neusser had launched a lawsuit against the automaker after VW declined to meet the executive's demand for 1.4 million euros as a performance bonus for 2015.
VW declined to say why it withheld Neusser's bonus until now and did not comment on the sum involved, the report said.
"In response to the two parties' suggestions, the court has presented a conclusion that now needs the blessing of both sides," a spokesman from the Brunswick court dealing with the dispute was quoted as saying by the report.
Earlier, Germany's Handelsblatt reported that Neusser and Volkswagen had reached an out-of-court settlement.