Dieselgate: £12bn settlement of claims against VW in America

Time 4:57 pm, October 25, 2016

A US FEDERAL judge has approved a 15 billion dollar (£12 billion) court settlement of most claims against Volkswagen over its emissions-cheating scandal in America.

District judge Charles Breyer signed the order in San Francisco, approving the largest car scandal settlement in American history.

About 475,000 owners of VWs and Audis with two-litre, four-cylinder diesel engines will now be able to seek buybacks of their vehicles, starting next Tuesday.

Most of the owners are expected to sell their cars back to VW after the company acknowledged cheating on emissions testing.

In addition to having their cars bought back, owners can expect to receive payments of 5,100-10,000 US dollars (£4,100-£8,100).

In the UK, VW executives were recently summoned to a meeting with Government ministers to discuss the issue of compensation for owners caught up in the ‘dieselgate’ scandal on this side of the pond.

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Dave, production editor on Car Dealer Magazine, is a journalist with more than 30 years' experience in the worlds of newspapers, magazines and public relations.

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