In May 2022, drivers affected by the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal received the good news that the carmaker settled and agreed to pay £193 million as compensation. Over 90,000 claimants received around £2,120 each. VW also spent an additional amount for other legal fees, which brings the total compensation to £3,000 per affected driver.
Despite the settlement, Volkswagen did not admit any loss, causation, or liability. However, they did issue an apology to customers who were victimised by their use of two-mode software for their EA189 diesel-powered vehicles. The carmaker also assured the public that they will keep working hard to get back the trust of car owners.
The VW diesel emissions case was supposed to go to court earlier this year, in January 2023. It would have been a lengthy, complicated, and expensive trial. The VW group litigation order (GLO) was set to become the biggest claims case of its kind in the UK had the settlement not pushed through.
VW, the first carmaker to be implicated in the 2015 Dieselgate scandal, was the subject of a claims case brought to the High Court for the alleged use of defeat devices in their diesel vehicles. Customers who purchased certain models …