Volkswagen Group, which owns a majority stake in Audi, has agreed to an $85 million settlement with the US state of Texas for rigging emissions tests between 2006 and 2015.
Audi and parent company Volkswagen broke Texas law when they became embroiled in a diesel emissions scandal, the state’s attorney general said Thursday. Ken Paxton.
Volkswagen has been dealing with lawsuits for almost a decade due to misleading results of exhaust gas tests, reports Deutsche Welle.
Let us remind you that between 2006 and 2015, Volkswagen installed a device for manipulating emissions tests in vehicles sold in the US and Europe. When this came to light, Volkswagen recalled about 11 million vehicles worldwide and then paid billions of dollars in subsequent settlements for misrepresentation and violations of rules and regulations.
The auto giant has previously settled lawsuits worth $20 billion in US federal courts, but that has not shielded the company from liability from local and state governments.
Attorney General Paxton also said: “If a company thought they could escape responsibility while violating Texas laws, endangering Texans and polluting our environment, they were sorely mistaken. Volkswagen and Audi realized that and are now paying a heavy price.” he added.