Volkswagen told a federal judge court that it would now focus on finding a proper fix for the 85,000 larger premium polluting diesels.
Even if Volkswagen agreed earlier this week to spend 10.03 billion dollars to buy back or fix the affected 475,000 2.0-litre diesels in the United States, the emissions scandal is far from being over. There are still 85,000 3.0-litre SUVs from Audi, Porsche and VW that have to be mended. The automaker told to the US District Judge Charles Breyer at a court hearing that it would now make efforts to find a proper technical solution for the affected premium diesels and that discussions over the matter with the US regulators were advancing. The judge did not impose a deadline for a fix, but he set another hearing for August 25 to get an update from the company and US regulators. “The company believes that we can fix the 3.0-litre to the standards to which those cars were originally certified,” a VW lawyer said.
VW still faces lawsuits by some US states and dealerships, as well as complaints in Germany from customers and investors, all of which could significantly increase the costs of the scandal for the automaker. The overall US Dieselgate agreement is worth 15,3 billion dollars, including 2.7 billion dollars to fund “green” projects across the country for reducing NOx emissions and a 2-billion-dollar investment over 10 years to promote zero emission vehicles.