Judge approves emissions-cheating settlement for 3-liter VWs

Robyn Ryan
May 13, 2017

The deal, approved by Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco, adds to a separate settlement of almost $15 billion in which VW must buy back or fix almost half a million 2-liter diesel vehicles.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer gave the deal final approval during a hearing Thursday. In a San Francisco court hearing Tuesday, Breyer said he will issue a written approval on the agreement, which also calls for Volkswagen to contribute to federal trust funds created to boost environmental protections, by May 17.

"The court finds the settlements are fair, adequate and reasonable", Judge Breyer said. "The court will enter those approvals not later than Wednesday of next week". Government regulators believe the vehicles can be fixed to meet their originally certified emissions.

In total, Volkswagen must pay up to $25 billion related to the vehicles sold in the US.

The defeat devices made the vehicles appear to be compliant with emissions standards when in reality they were emitting illegal levels of pollutants.

The development brought the scandal-plagued German auto giant a step nearer to closing the book on the "dieselgate" affair, which rocked the company for almost two years since it admitted configuring some 11 million cars worldwide to evade emissions testing.

Under the terms of Volkswagen's final deal, the auto manufacturer will buy back or fix some 80,000 three-liter diesel-engine vehicles that were equipped with defeat devices to mask excess emissions of nitrogen oxide - up to 40 times the amount allowed under federal law.

Glenn Dasmalchi, who leased a diesel Volkswagen in 2014, said Volkswagen's offer to people who have leased one of its polluting diesels is paltry compared to what the company is offering to full-time owners. He has emphasised from the start the need to get the polluting cars off of USA roads and to compensate owners deceived by VW marketing.

Dasmalchi did not identify the model of his diesel Volkswagen.

The 3-liter settlement brings Volkswagen's tab for civil payments in the emissions scandal to around $17.4 billion, U.S. Justice Department attorney Joshua Van Eaton reportedly said in court Thursday.

The agreement requires VW to compensate owners of 3-liter diesel engine vehicles, fix about 58,000 cars and buy back as many as 20,000 Touareg and Audi Q7 sport-utility vehicles.

A federal judge in California on Thursday said he would approve a $1.2 billion settlement between Volkswagen (IOB: 0P6N.IL - news) and the United States authorities over the last 80,000 cars in the company's emissions-cheating scandal.

Giuffra said Volkswagen has already pulled thousands of polluting diesels from the road via its buyback programs.

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