According to the court in Amsterdam, if you have bought a cheating diesel from Audi, Seat, Skoda or Volkswagen, you are entitled to compensation: 3000 euros if it concerns a new car and 1500 euros for a used car.
The case was brought by the Car Claim Foundation and was filed against Volkswagen itself, the Dutch importer Pon and software supplier Bosch. It concerns about 150,000 cars. A quick calculation shows that the total amount of compensation for the Netherlands is between 225 and 450 million euros.
Volkswagen can appeal the ruling. Given the high total amount, you and I might do that, but there is a good chance that Volkswagen is not dissatisfied with the ruling. The compensation is in line with an earlier settlement that Volkswagen reached a year ago with 240,000 customers in Germany. That came down to 1350 to 6250 euros per person.
In 2015 it came to light that Volkswagen had messed things up for years. Hidden in their diesel models was a piece of software that could detect when a car was being tested on a dynamometer and then switch the engine to a clean program. In this way, Volkswagen deceived the authorities. The European Court of Justice already decided at the end of last year that Volkswagen was wrong.
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