Dieselgate scandal: VW drivers in UK class motion win £193m settlement

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Volkswagen (VW) has reached a £193m settlement with UK drivers concerned in a category motion lawsuit over the so-called dieselgate scandal in 2015.

The German carmaker, which had refused to compensate the house owners of diesel fashions affected within the UK citing EU regulation, confronted claims introduced on behalf of 91,000 folks by a number of authorized companies.

The motion was granted in 2020 when the Excessive Court docket dominated that emissions-testing software program, put in in automobiles that was designed to cheat emissions testing regimes, amounted to illegal “defeat units”.

The claimants argued that the VW Group, which additionally contains the Audi, Seat and Skoda manufacturers, misled customers as nitrogen dioxide ranges had been lowered underneath the lab situations used on the time.

VW, which made no admission of legal responsibility underneath the phrases of the settlement, mentioned it determined to deliver the matter to a conclusion over fears of a protracted and dear authorized battle.

The corporate is to make a separate contribution to the claimants’ charges.

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