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Volkswagen will be paying a settlement of up to $232 million (CAD$290.5) in Canada relating to excess emissions from 3.0-liter diesel vehicles sold there in recent years, according to recent reports.

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Volkswagen To Pay $232 Million Settlement In Canada Relating To Diesel Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen will be paying a settlement of up to $232 million (CAD$290.5) in Canada relating to excess emissions from 3.0-liter diesel vehicles sold there in recent years, according to recent reports.

Volkswagen will be paying a settlement of up to $232 million (CAD$290.5) in Canada relating to excess emissions from 3.0-liter diesel vehicles sold there in recent years, according to recent reports.

In other words, owners of affected 3.0-liter diesel Volkswagen models will receive a portion of a total settlement pot of $232 million, if Volkswagen keeps to its word, as part of the deal.

There are “only” around 20,000 3.0-liter diesel Volkswagen (that title includes affected Audi and Porsche models) vehicle owners in Canada affected, so the settlement payouts should be fairly decent (averaging $11,600 per car). Notably, court approval of the settlement is still pending.

This follows on news that Volkswagen would be paying a CAD$2.5 million civil penalty in Canada as well.

“This is an important milestone towards making things right for all of our customers with affected diesel vehicles in Canada,” stated Volkswagen Group Canada CEO and President Daniel Weissland.

Reuters provides more: “In total, the German automaker has now agreed to spend more than $25 billion in North America to address claims from owners, environmental regulators, US states, and dealers and to make buyback offers. The company said in September it had set aside $30 billion to address the scandal.

“In June 2016, Volkswagen agreed to spend up to $10 billion to buy back or fix 475,000 2.0-liter US vehicles. Also in 2016, Volkswagen agreed to spend up to $2.1 billion Canadian dollars to buy back or fix 105,000 polluting 2.0-liter diesels and compensate owners in Canada.

“Last month, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board approved an emissions fix for 24,000 Audi 3.0-liter passenger cars. The approved fix entails removing defeat device software that reduced emission control effectiveness and replacing certain hardware components. Previously, US regulators approved a fix for 38,000 other 3.0-liter diesels.”

While it would probably be an exaggeration to say that Volkswagen’s troubles as regarding the diesel emissions testing cheating scandal are now completely behind it, it does seem that the story is losing its draw and that the general public is moving on. I’m very curious to see what happens with regard to Volkswagen vehicle sales figures in the US over the coming years…

 
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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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