On December 20, 2016, Volkswagen agreed with environmental authorities to settle civil claims relate to some 83,000 V6 TDI 3.0L vehicles in the United States. The agreement in the form of a proposed approval decree would allow Volkswagen to recall more than 75% of the 3.0-litre V6 TDI vehicles concerned in order to bring them in line with the emission standards under which they have been certified, provided the corresponding modifications are approved by regulators. On December 22, 2016, the Volkswagen Group reached an agreement in principle with the Court-appointed Complainants Steering Committee (PSC) on the payments and benefits that eligible U.S. customers receive in connection with a proposed transaction with 3.0-liter TDI V6 vehicles in the United States. The Court instructed the parties to submit provisional transaction authorization documents by 31 January 2017. U.S. District Judge Sean Cox accepted the company`s guilty plea for conspiracy to commit fraud, obstruction and entry of goods on charges of false charges and filed an April 21 sentence, where he must decide to approve the terms of the plea agreement. It was the first time the company has pleaded guilty in a world court, a company spokesman said, and comes as the automaker tries to get out of the car industry`s most costly scandal. “Volkswagen deeply regrets the behaviour that led to the diesel crisis,” said Matthias Muller, Chairman of the Volkswagen Group`s Executive Board.
Since all this has been brought to light, we have worked tirelessly to get things in order for our affected customers and we have already made some progress in this direction. The agreements we have with the U.S. government reflect our determination to fight faults that are contrary to all the values that cost Volkswagen so much. This is a big step forward for our company and for all our employees. David Wright, who recently retired as a lawyer for the province of Ontario, does not understand why it would have taken so long. “Basically, you have American cars, they have serial numbers, you have Canadian cars, they have serial numbers, and basically what you do is just change the serial numbers. The same evidence applies. They`re leaving on third base because of the American plea. As part of its plea with the DOJ, Volkswagen AG agreed to plead guilty to three counts under U.S. law. The plea contract, subject to approval by the US Federal Court, provides for the payment of a US$2.8 billion fine and the appointment of an independent monitor for a period of three years.
The monitor will assess, monitor and monitor compliance with the company`s resolution provisions, including measures to further strengthen Volkswagen`s compliance, reporting and monitoring mechanisms and implement an enhanced ethics program. “Volkswagen deeply regrets the behaviour that led to the diesel crisis. The agreements we have reached with the U.S. government reflect our determination to fight faults that are contrary to all values that cost Volkswagen so much,” the company said in a statement. “Volkswagen is not the same company today as it was 18 months ago.” If, on Wednesday, Volkswagen Canada pleads guilty to illegally importing cars that were manipulated to strike emissions tests, investigators and prosecutors might be tempted to celebrate. This is expected to be the largest environmental punishment in Canadian history. Volkswagen is facing 60 charges and each cargo is with a maximum fine of $6 million, so the automaker could be more than $360 million. Any member of the public interested in specific eligible mitigation measures should contact their national or tribal authority.