Volkswagen Group rejected calls to settle from a German judge over Dieselgate scandal
Volkswagen is currently facing a lawsuit brought on by 470,000 VW owners in Germany over the Dieselgate scandal that rocked the manufacturer in 2015.
Volkswagen today rejected an initial call to settle from a German judge, saying that the owners had still been able to drive their vehicles and there were therefore no damages to settle.
“The vehicles are driven by hundreds of thousands of customers every day, which is why we believe there is no damage and therefore no cause for complaint,” the automaker said.
The government of Germany authorized consumer protection organizations to sue Volkswagen last year for damages related to the diesel emissions rigging software Volkswagen installed on millions of vehicles.
The software allowed certain Volkswagen diesel-powered vehicle to pass emissions testing even if they released more toxic emissions than allowed by various environmental protection agencies around the world.
In 2016, Volkswagen settled with roughly 500,000 U.S. owners for 25 billion dollars.
So far, the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal has cost VW over 30 billion dollars in recalls, vehicle replacements, restitutions and fines.
Source: Automotive News Europe