The California Air Resources Board (CARB) says that it filed a consent decree for its final settlement with the Volkswagen Group of America (VW) over the fraudulent certification of diesel emissions, often referred to as dieselgate. Payment includes penalties and cost recovery. Volkswagen Group will pay an additional $153.8 million to California over the company’s use of illegal “defeat devices” in 2009-2016, 2.0 and 3-liter diesel passenger cars.
VW already had agreed to pay $533 million to California on dieselgate, of which $422 million will go to the state through a mitigation trust. The new additional consent decree was negotiated by attorneys and technical experts from CARB and the California Attorney General’s Office, and is subject to court approval. The overall VW settlement is the largest ever for violations of vehicle air quality rules. Continue reading