Volkswagen has paid approximately$ 9.5 billion, from 2016, to american motorists deceived by devices installed by the two German automakers to get around the emissions standards, said on Monday the federal authority for consumer protection.
This scandal of international dimension – known as the “dieselgate” – has been tarnished for a long time the image of Volkswagen.
In this scandal, revealed in September 2015, Volkswagen has admitted to having rigged 11 million vehicles in the world with a piece of software that can make them appear less pollutants when tested in the laboratory and on the roads.
“When we gave a choice to the owners of vehicles of the brand VW, or Porsche, a subsidiary of the manufacturer from Wolfsburg, if they wished to make their vehicle or have it put to the standards, more than 86% of those who went at the end of the process, have preferred to make their car”, says the Federal Trade Commission in its final report on what it describes as “the most important program for the reimbursement of consumers of the history of the United States”.
And to add that the most important thing is that “consumers have been fully reimbursed”.
Since the outbreak of the scandal, Volkswagen has faced multiple legal actions, criminal and civil.
One of the last great trial expected in Germany is that of the former boss of Audi, Rupert Stadler, who should appear from the 30th of September.
The total bill for the scandal for Volkswagen is expected to exceed 35 G$, whose$ 9.5 billion have already been disbursed in the United States to compensate the customers.