Porsche emissions settlement approved

A US judge has granted final approval to a class-action settlement worth at least $80 million to resolve claims Volkswagen its Porsche unit skewed emissions and fuel economy data on 500,000 Porsche vehicles in the United States.

The settlement covers 2005 through 2020 model year Porsche vehicles. 

Owners accused the automaker of physically altering test vehicles that affected emissions and fuel economy results.

US District Judge Charles Breyer also approved $24.5 million in attorneys’ fees and costs.

Owners of eligible vehicles will receive payments of $250 to $1,109 per vehicle.

Porsche said that it has “been working to develop a solution and to ensure customers are appropriately compensated”.

“We are committed to providing our customers with transparent fuel economy and emissions data, and the agreement ensures that customers are fairly reimbursed for any fuel economy changes,” the company added.

Scrutiny of Volkswagen’s vehicles grew after the German automaker in 2015 disclosed it had used software in relation to emissions requirements in nearly 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide.

VW settled US criminal and civil actions prompted by the cheating scandal for more than $20 billion. The automaker pleaded guilty in 2017 to fraud, obstruction of justice and falsifying statements.

Under the settlement, owners of Porsche vehicles with “Sport+” driving mode that exceeded emissions limits when driven in that mode will get an additional $250 when they complete emissions repair software updates that will reduce vehicle emissions.

According to reports, the total US settlement could be worth as much as $85 million, depending on how many vehicle claims are submitted.

Lawyers for the owners have said that as of 11 October, nearly 110,000 claims had been submitted covering about 100,000 vehicles and that 13,773 owners have already brought Sport+ vehicles to dealers for updates.