OMG, it was "up to" one whole mile per gallon off?The Settlement is designed to compensate Class members for driving vehicles for which the actual, on-road fuel economy is up to 1 MPG less than was originally represented.
Cheaters WIN again?
Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn may be able to keep a $12 million bonus despite charges of fraud and embezzlement in the company's diesel scandal
A Dutch foundation said Thursday it had launched a "joint action" in France against carmaker Volkswagen as part of a European bid for damages for millions of car owners duped in an emissions cheating scheme.
The Diesel Emissions Justice Foundation (DEJF) had already initiated similar actions in the Netherlands and Belgium, and is now turning its attention to France where it says nearly 950,000 cars were impacted by the "dieselgate" scandal, out of 8.5 million in Europe.
Volkswagen admitted in 2015 it had intentionally programmed software in more than 11 million cars to cheat emissions tests between 2009 and 2015 by activating emissions controls only during testing. During regular driving, the cars emitted 10 to 40 times as much pollution.
The scandal has cost Volkswagen more than $33 billion in legal fees, fines and compensation, mainly in the United States.
On Wednesday, a court in Canada ordered the German carmaker to pay a fine of $150 million after it pled guilty to violating environmental laws.
It had already forked over $87 million in Australia, and has started negotiations to settle a massive lawsuit launched by hundreds of thousands of German drivers.
"Volkswagen has admitted its mistake. This should lead it to compensate consumers," Maria Jose Azar-Baud of the DEJF told journalists in Paris.
The foundation will proceed in two steps: first with a letter seeking negotiations with Volkswagen, followed by legal action in France and other countries if this does not yield any result.
About a dozen actions launched so far in different European countries against Volkswagen could later merge into a single, joint campaign, said Azar-Baud.
Volkswagen told AFP on Thursday that no clients had been prejudiced as "all the cars can be used safely on the road".
"These cars continue to be driven every day by thousands of customers. All the necessary approvals are valid and well-established. For these reasons there is not, according to us, any legal basis for customer claims," a spokesman said.
Car manufacturer Volkswagen is being threatened with legal action in France following the so-called 'Dieselgate' emissions scandal.
The Diesel Emissions Justice Foundation (DEJF) has already launched proceedings in the Netherlands and Belgium. It is now starting its campaign France, where - it says - nearly 950,000 cars were impacted by the "dieselgate" scandal.
Across Europe, 8.5 million cars were affected.
"Volkswagen has admitted its mistake. It should compensate consumers," DEJF's Maria Jose Azar-Baud said. "We have already brought together several thousand consumers in Europe."
According to American class action lawsuits against Volkswagen, the cost of correcting the software can rise to around €2,000 per car.
She said the DEJF - which has the backing of the Familles Rurales consumer association - will seek to negotiate with Volkswagen, but is ready to launch court proceedings in France and elsewhere if the company digs its heels in. About a dozen separate actions launched in different European countries could merge into a single, joint campaign.
In 2015, Volkswagen admitted it had intentionally programmed software in more than 11 million cars to cheat emissions tests between 2009 and 2015.
The scandal has already cost the manufacturer more than $33billion in legal fees, fines and compensation, mainly in the United States. As recently as last Wednesday, a court in Canada ordered it to pay $150million after it admitted violating environmental laws.
He's not around that much anymore, but he was the OG Phaeton guy on VWVortex. His work got me into it, it's the only reason I bought mine, and the retrofits I've done are based on his guides. He wrote most of the VCDS label files, and IIRC the car even spent some time at RTHQ. If there were ever a car I'd trade my 2006 for, his would have been it. I kinda wish I knew where it went, but AFAIK the new owner has never popped up and said hello.We we or Oui, oui we have a PanEuropean?
BERLIN — Volkswagen and the German consumer protection organization have agreed to resume talks aimed at reaching a deal in a class action lawsuit over the carmaker's rigging of diesel emissions tests.
VW admitted using illegal software to cheat U.S. diesel engine tests in 2015, a scandal which has cost it more than $30 billion in vehicle refits, fines and provisions.
Nearly all U.S. owners of affected cars agreed to take part in a $25 billion settlement in 2016 in the United States, but VW has said there was no legal basis for consumers in Germany to seek compensation due to differences in law.
A court in the town of Brunswick, which has urged Volkswagen to settle the lawsuit, said on Thursday the parties to the case had agreed on the advice of the court to resume discussions to try to reach a settlement.
State-financed consumer protection organization Vzbv said it had accepted the court invitation and said talks should take place soon. A Volkswagen spokesman confirmed the new talks, but declined to comment further.
Vzbv said it had not changed its demand that any settlement must be fair, transparent and verifiable.
Vzbv has said it aimed to show that owners of VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat cars with so-called type EA 189 diesel engines have been intentionally harmed by VW’s use of software that was used to cheat emissions tests.
The German class action was made possible after the cabinet approved a draft law in 2018 allowing consumer protection organizations to litigate on behalf of consumers, avoiding the high legal costs that might put people off legal action.
When the diesel scandal broke, 2.4 million cars with defeat devices were on German roads. In the meantime, most have received a software update.