Volkswagen Finds US Penalties for Diesel Scandal Excessive

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Volkswagen Finds US Penalties for Diesel Scandal Excessive

The Volkswagen Group may be working on resolving its massive diesel scandal, but it isn’t doing so quietly.

In a court filing, the Volkswagen Group argues that the fines levied against it in the U.S. are excessive, although it remains fully committed to settling the government’s claims. The German automaker presented its response because the government’s probe is continuing.

The filing came after a short court appearance earlier this week, where the judge overseeing government and consumer lawsuits against Volkswagen said that lawyers were “on pace” to meet the June 21 deadline to submit a proposal to fix approximately 480,000 vehicles equipped with defeat devices that allows them to cheat on diesel emissions tests.

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According to U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, buybacks, cash compensation for consumers and a fund to address damages from the excess emissions and future research must be part of any settlement. It is believed that the deal to resolve civil claims will be worth about $10 billion.

[Source: Automotive News Europe]

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  • DClark

    It’s almost like the US wanted to threaten heavy penalties so car manufacturers wouldn’t consider that cheating the test and paying a small fine if discovered would be a viable option. Hmmm…..