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Washington if possible further burdens come on Volkswagen to the settlement of the gas scandal in the US. The District Court in San Francisco ordered on Thursday to negotiate the US Justice Department with the carmaker on a comparison with the 3.0-liter engines. This might require the repurchase of the affected 85,000 diesel cars, the judge declared. If VW must take back those cars that could Analysts estimate cost the company billions more.
In addition, Volkswagen reached an agreement in principle to compensate its 650 dealers in the US. The amount of compensation was not immediately known. There are not yet negotiated the details, it said. For a definitive agreement District Judge Charles Breyer gave both sides until late September time. The dealer had remained seated after the announcement of the exhaust scandal on diesel cars almost a year ago.
This means that Volkswagen comes in addressing the exhaust scandal in the US even further. The Lower Saxony had agreed in June with US authorities and private plaintiffs to one to 15.3 billion dollars (converted EUR 13.6 billion) serious comparison. The Wolfsburg had added to pressure from the US environmental authorities to have used an illegal software that detects whether a car is under scrutiny and only then comply with the emission values. In normal traffic on the road of emissions is higher by a multiple. Worldwide up to eleven million diesel cars are affected by the manipulation that has been exposed almost a year ago in the US.
Diesel gate is always more expensive
On the larger engines with three liter engine had rejected a repair plan by Volkswagen several weeks before the California environmental Protection agency Carb. Later the authority Volkswagen made hope, even the repair of these larger engines could be approved. In this car a contested in the US software function had not been sufficiently logged. The Group considers that this is not an illegal shutdown, but the software the component protection is used. 85,000 vehicles of the Group in the United States affected, including the VW Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and the Audi A8.
However, when comparing the dispute with the US authorities for VW is not over. Because with the US Justice Department to negotiate the Wolfsburg still about a settlement of the criminal investigation. Analysts expect Volkswagen must pay a record fine for his manipulation of the exhaust gas values. Toyota had done the previous highest penalty of a car manufacturer in the US for a clamping accelerators with 1.2 billion dollars.
In addition, the Lower Saxony, settle lawsuits by US states with a further comparative endeavor. Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania demanding hundreds of millions of dollars in additional penalties of Volkswagen. The state of Washington had imposed a fine of $ 176 million for violation of air quality laws. Up to 14 other states could also make claims.
Elsewhere Volkswagen is facing lawsuits. Because of numerous legal risks associated with the exhaust gas scandal, the group had its provisions recently increased by EUR 1.6 billion to 17.8 billion. Of this, a large part is swallowed up by the comparison with authorities and private plaintiffs in the US.