The German manufacturer has admitted to having rigged vehicles with software capable of making them appear less polluting during laboratory tests than on the roads.

A check for nearly 10 billion euros. TheUS federal consumer protection authority unveiled on Monday July 27 that the German manufacturer Volkswagen had paid some $ 9.5 billion since 2016 to American motorists deceived by devices designed to circumvent anti-pollution standards. This international scandal, known as the “dieselgate”, tarnished Volkswagen’s image for a long time.

In this case revealed in September 2015, Volkswagen admitted to having rigged 11 million vehicles in the world with software capable of making them appear less polluting during laboratory tests than on roads. “When owners of vehicles of the VW or Porsche brand, a subsidiary of the Wolfsburg manufacturer, were given a choice whether they wanted to return their vehicle or have it brought up to standard, more than 86% of those who went after of the process preferred to return their car “, says Federal Trade Commission in its final report on what it calls “largest consumer reimbursement program in US history”.

Since the scandal, Volkswagen has had to face multiple legal, criminal and civil actions. One of the last major trials expected in Germany is that of former Audi boss Rupert Stadler, who is due to appear from September 30. The total bill for the scandal for Volkswagen is expected to exceed 30 billion euros (about 35 billion dollars), including the 9.5 billion already disbursed in the United States to compensate customers.