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VW nears Dieselgate settlement in USA for nearly US$4.3bn

Volkswagen AG and Volkswagen Group of America have reached an agreement to resolve outstanding civil claims regarding approximately 78,000 affected 3.0-liter TDI V6 diesel engine vehicles in the USA.

Two agreements have been submitted to the court for approval on behalf of current and certain former owners and lessees of eligible 3.0-liter TDI V6 vehicles; and a proposed consent order submitted by the US Federal Trade Commission.

“With the court-approved 2.0-liter TDI program well under way and now this proposed 3.0-liter TDI program, all of our customers with affected vehicles in the USA will have a resolution available to them. We will continue to work to earn back the trust of all our stakeholders and thank our customers and dealers for their continued patience as this process moves forward,” said Hinrich J Woebcken, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America.

Under the settlement program, Volkswagen has agreed, among other terms, to provide cash payments to all eligible members of the class, and take the following specific actions:

• Recall and repair, free of charge to the customer, approximately 58,000 affected 2013-2016 model year Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche 3.0-liter TDI V6 vehicles to bring them into compliance with the emissions standards to which they were originally certified.
• Buy back or offer trade-in credit of equal value for, or terminate the leases of, approximately 20,000 eligible 2009-2012 model year Volkswagen and Audi 3.0-liter TDI V6 vehicles or, if approved by US regulators, modify the vehicles to substantially reduce their nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions so as to allow eligible owners and lessees to keep them.

Meanwhile Bosch has entered into a settlement agreement in the USA in order to settle the most substantial part of the civil law proceedings pending in connection with Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles that were sold in the USA.

The agreement would settle the claims of consumers and dealers of used vehicles against Robert Bosch, its affiliates, employees, and directors concerning Volkswagen and Audi diesel vehicles with 2.0-liter engines for model years 2009 through 2015, and Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche diesel vehicles with 3.0-liter engines for model years 2009 through 2016. For this purpose, Bosch will pay a total amount of US$327.5m.

February 8, 2017

8 February 2017


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