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Germany: Top court rules Volkswagen must buy back cars in 'Dieselgate' case04:38

Germany: Top court rules Volkswagen must buy back cars in 'Dieselgate' case

Germany, Karlsruhe
May 25, 2020 at 20:19 GMT -00:00 · Published

Germany's Federal Court of Justice ruled against Volkswagen in the so-called 'Dieselgate' scandal in Karlsruhe on Monday. The German car company now has to pay compensation to motorists who purchased vehicles with manipulated diesel engines.

The case involved 65-year-old German Herbert Gilbert who sought a full refund for a used Sharan minivan he bought in 2014.

About 60,000 similar individual German VW owners' sued VW since the Dieselgate scandal broke out in 2015.

Volkswagen were found guilty five years ago of manipulating emission programming during testing to bypass US laws on engine pollution regulations. Monday's ruling will pave the way for customers to seek compensation for their purchases. Car owners are entitled to a refund for cars that were fitted with devices designed to manipulate emissions tests.

An estimated 11 million diesel cars were implicated in the scandal, 8 million of them in Europe. 2.4 million cars are expected to be recalled in Germany alone.

Germany: Top court rules Volkswagen must buy back cars in 'Dieselgate' case04:38
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Germany's Federal Court of Justice ruled against Volkswagen in the so-called 'Dieselgate' scandal in Karlsruhe on Monday. The German car company now has to pay compensation to motorists who purchased vehicles with manipulated diesel engines.

The case involved 65-year-old German Herbert Gilbert who sought a full refund for a used Sharan minivan he bought in 2014.

About 60,000 similar individual German VW owners' sued VW since the Dieselgate scandal broke out in 2015.

Volkswagen were found guilty five years ago of manipulating emission programming during testing to bypass US laws on engine pollution regulations. Monday's ruling will pave the way for customers to seek compensation for their purchases. Car owners are entitled to a refund for cars that were fitted with devices designed to manipulate emissions tests.

An estimated 11 million diesel cars were implicated in the scandal, 8 million of them in Europe. 2.4 million cars are expected to be recalled in Germany alone.

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