Owners of Volkswagen and Porsche from the United States since 2016 have received more than $9.8 billion in compensation in the case of manipulation of information about the content of harmful substances in the exhaust gases of diesel cars of the company. This was reported by the press service of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
In 2015, it turned out that the Volkswagen group (owned by Porsche) produced diesel cars with software that, when tested, underestimated the real indicators of harmful emissions.
In June 2018, a court found Volkswagen guilty of software fraud in 2007-2015 and fined the company в‚¬1 billion. The company later agreed to pay US regulators a total of $4.3 billion to close the "Dieselgate" story.
According to the US Federal Trade Commission, more than 86% of owners of Volkswagen cars have decided that they want to return the purchased car to the manufacturer or terminate the long-term lease agreement. They refused to wait for defects in their vehicles to be corrected.
The company agreed to repair or buy back more than 550 thousand cars from the owners of Volkswagen cars.
In May 2020, a court in Germany recognized the right of owners of concern cars that suffered from "Dieselgate" to demand compensation from Volkswagen. One of the company's customers, who bought a Volkswagen Sharan, thought that he had purchased an eco-friendly car, but later it turned out that this was not the case. According to the decision of the German court in Koblenz, Volkswagen is obliged to pay the customer в‚¬25,600 plus interest. At the same time, the court recognized that all affected car owners can return their cars to Volkswagen and count on compensation.
Earlier this year, Volkswagen was also fined in Poland for misleading customers about the level of harmful emissions. The country's competition and consumer protection authority issued the company a fine of 120 million zlotys, or about $29 million.