Volkswagen, on Thursday, stated it was in talks to discuss a settlement with German car owners who’re suing the car manufacturer over excessive air pollution caused by VW’s diesel cars.
In 2015, the car manufacturer admitted to using manipulated engine management software program to mask extreme pollution ranges in its diesel cars, sparking a raft of prosecutions and lawsuits that have led to at least 30 billion euros in legal costs and fines.
“Volkswagen and the Federation of German Consumer Organisations vzbv have agreed to enter into discussions relating to a possible agreement,” the car manufacturer stated.
“The discussions are at a very early level, and there is no guarantee that they’ll translate into a settlement. Both parties have agreed that the negotiations should stay confidential.”
German customers have had less success than automobile owners in the U.S. in securing compensation from VW because German vehicles didn’t lose their road-worthiness certification in the wake of the diesel scandal.
In Germany, VW’s diesel automobiles retained their road-worthiness certification if prospects agreed to an update of the vehicle engine management software program, leading VW to take a distinct path to compensate customers.