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Volkswagen pays 193 million pounds to British motorists

In total, some 1.2 million vehicles in the UK were affected by the cheating acknowledged by the German giant at the end of 2015.

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An “amicable” settlement. German automaker Volkswagen agreed to pay 193 million pounds (226 million euros) on Wednesday May 25 to compensate 91,000 British motorists. The latter had initiated legal proceedings against the German company, claiming to be injured by the scandal of the rigged engines.

This agreement “resolves the approximately 91,000 claims against various Volkswagen Group entities and dealerships in this class action lawsuit in England and Wales”, the automaker said in a statement. British justice had ruled in favor of motorists two years earlier, but had not yet ruled on compensation.

Beyond the announced sum, the automobile group specifies contributing to the legal costs and other costs of the plaintiffs.

In total, some 1.2 million Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda brand vehicles were affected in the United Kingdom by the cheating recognized by the German giant at the end of 2015. The High Court in London had estimated in April 2020 that Volkswagen had well implemented “cheating software” in breach of European rules in cars sold in the United Kingdom, in order to pass emissions tests.

The dieselgate, which has resulted in legal action in many countries, has already cost Volkswagen more than 30 billion euros.

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