Published on December 20th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
VW’s 80,000 vehicle settlement
Volkswagen is expected to announce soon a deal to resolve the fate of 80,000 polluting U.S. diesel 3.0 liter Porsche, Audi and VW vehicles.
This deal is expected to include a buyback offer for about 20,000 of the vehicles and fixes for the remainder. After intensive talks over the weekend, Volkswagen and lawyers for the owners were nearing a final deal on compensation for owners.
U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer at a brief court hearing in San Francisco on Monday said he was optimistic a “global resolution” of 3.0 liter issues would be completed by Tuesday, with talks ongoing in Washington.
Volkswagen’s agreement with U.S. regulators includes the German automaker agreeing to pay more than USD200 million to offset the excess diesel emissions for the 3.0-liter vehicles, on top of USD2.7 billion it agreed to pay over three years in June for offset excess pollution from 475,000 polluting 2.0-liter vehicles.
The precise value of the entire 3.0-liter settlement was unclear because the costs will depend on how many owners opt for the buybacks, but it could be worth more than USD1 billion, two sources briefed on the talks said.
To date, Volkswagen has agreed to date to spend up to USD16.5 billion in connection with the scandal, including payments to dealers, states, clean energy programs and attorneys for owners.