Exhaust scandal: VW pays US car seats nearly $ 100 million
Volkswagen is alleged to have used illegal exhaust technology in US cars. With the affected parties, the Group now agreed on settlement payments.
In the dispute over alleged misstatements about the fuel consumption of cars of its brands Audi, Bentley, Porsche and Volkswagen, the Volkswagen Group has agreed with plaintive vehicle owners and the US Environmental Protection Agency EPA on a solution. This is clear from court documents. If the settlement would be approved by the competent US court, VW would pay around 96.5 million dollars.
Eligible customers should receive between $ 5.4 and $ 24.3 in compensation each month they owned or leased a car. US judge Charles Breyer is due to decide at a hearing in San Francisco on September 13 whether he will tentatively approve the compromise.
The EPA ordered that fuel consumption data for around 98,000 2013-2017 model vehicles be corrected. Because the emission of pollutants was also softened with software, carbon credits would also be revoked, according to the authorities. VW said in an opinion that the settlement would not give any acknowledgment of guilt or misconduct.
In the wake of the VW emissions scandal, the US class-action plaintiffs became aware of a report from Bild am Sonntag in November 2016. As a result, the Californian Environmental Agency Carb had suspected the VW subsidiary Audi of the use of another illegal exhaust technology - it was no longer just diesel cars, but also to gasoline. The further investigations would then have shown irregularities of the fuel balances, it is said in the comparison request.
Several automakers are accused of manipulating exhaust emissions for years. This is about harmful nitric oxides. The fraud became known in September 2015, when it came out that VW in the US used an illegal shutdown device in its diesel cars to bypass thresholds. Manipulation allegations also exist against Daimler and Opel. BMW failed to prove the prosecutor's error, but no fraud.