Reuters reported that Volkswagen Group, owner of Porsche, has agreed to a settlement in a class action lawsuit brought by sports car owners. According to them, in cars produced in the years 2005-2020, fuel consumption is definitely overestimated compared to the data provided by the manufacturer. In total, the compensation will amount to more than 80 million dollars.
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Cheating cars in exams
The case concerns 500 thousand. cars. Prosecutors said the cars had software in place to detect when a vehicle had been subjected to fuel consumption measurements. But that’s not all, because the Germans also had to physically modify the test cars. The rear axle and racks connecting the propeller shaft were replaced so the cars used less fuel. Of course, not particularly modified cars were shown in the showroom. As a result, customers’ cars can go 1 to 1 mile on one gallon of fuel less than indicated on the manufacturer’s information.
Depending on the model, each owner will get from $250 to $1,109. (from about 1,100 PLN to about 4,900 PLN). However, this is not the end, because compensation will also be given to people whose cars are in “Sport +” mode and have exceeded the exhaust emissions limits in this mode. Here, however, the money will only be paid when the car’s software is updated to the emissions-efficient version.
Interestingly, Porsche confirmed the settlement in a statement, but did not plead guilty. According to the Germans, the agreement is aimed at ending the problem. The whole situation applies to cars sold in the United States.
Volkswagen’s endless problems
Volkswagen’s emissions problems seem like a never-ending story. It all began in 2015, when it became known that diesel cars have programs that significantly reduce exhaust emissions during measurements. So there were cases when cars, during normal use, did not get the same test results.
Impersonation programs were supposed to be installed in cars produced since 2009 and landed in 11 million vehicles. Germany admitted this in 2015, when the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) informed the company that it had found said fake software in diesel engines. The scandal cost Volkswagen about $20 billion.
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