Diesel scandal: VW will pay five thousand euros to each victim

Дизельный скандал: VW выплатит пять тысяч евро каждому пострадавшему

The German carmaker wants to avoid a major trial

Volkswagen and environmental departments in the US have reached a preliminary agreement.

German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) will pay to each motorist in the USA affected by the so-called diesel scandal, compensation in the amount of 5 thousand euros. This item is contained in the preliminary settlement made by VW and the U.S. Department of justice, and the American agencies for the protection of the environment EPA and CARB, said on Thursday, April 21, the newspaper Die Welt, citing an informed source.

VW hopes that the compromise will allow him to avoid trial in the U.S. in the case of the manipulation of the exhaust of vehicles with diesel engines. Judge Charles Breyer, in whose jurisdiction is the hearing of this case, stated that the parties must reach agreement not later than 8.00 a.m. local time (18.00 Kiev time) on Thursday.

Billions of dollars in costs

In addition to compensation, VW agrees to assume the costs for the conversion of vehicles with illegal software. In cases where it is technically impossible, the carmaker will have to buy a car like this. Volkswagen will also pay a large fine and agrees to Finance measures to protect the environment, primarily for the prevention of air pollution.

All these measures will cost VW in the billions, but the carmaker can still be pleased with this outcome, since he can at least calculate the approximate amount of upcoming payments, notes Die Welt.

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Volkswagen plans to pay compensation in the amount of 5 thousand dollars and the victims of the scandal motorists in Europe, according to the publication. VW itself has not yet commented on this message.

As noted by Die Welt, reached by the parties to the conflict the settlement agreement framework is still preliminary in nature. Details is expected to be finalized later.

Source: Russian service of DW