Volkswagen settles Australian class actions over 'dieselgate' scandal

Marco Green
September 16, 2019

While the details of the settlement are confidential and still to be rubber stamped by the Federal Courtin Sydney, the payout will be between $87 and $127.1 million, or about $1,400 per vehicle.

These vehicles include the Volkswagen Golf, Polo, Jetta, Passat CC from 2008 (and the later CC model from 2011), Passat, Eos, Tiguan, Caddy, Amarok, plus Porsche's Cayenne, Audi's A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, Q3, Q5 and TT, and Skoda models including Octavia, Yeti and Superb.

The Volkswagen Group has settled five major class actions in Australia relating to its global "dieselgate" fiasco.

The class actions, which were brought by Bannister Law and Maurice Blackburn, allege that vehicles manufactured by the company were fitted with defeat devices meant to cheat emissions tests.

Volkswagen said the settlements were "a significant step towards fully resolving the diesel lawsuits in Australia, subject to approval by the Federal Court of Australia".

"The fact they have come to the table to actually reach a settlement is an achievement itself", he said. The ABC reports that those proceedings may still go to trial regardless of the outcome of the class action.

Meanwhile, VW says that discussions regarding an in-principle settlement of a civil suit brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) against the company are "close to finalisation and a resolution between the parties is expected shortly", it said in a statement.

The German vehicle giant, which owns brands ranging from luxury Audi to lower-end Skoda, said in 2015 that 11 million diesel engines globally were affected.

"This is an important step in providing a measure of justice and redress to the thousands of Australian motorists who claim they were financially impacted by the diesel emissions issue", he said.

In the U.S., the company agreed to buy back more than half a million affected cars, as well as agreeing to pay fines and claims totalling more than A$40 billion.

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