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Volkswagen Will Pay Out Billions To Car Owners Over Emissions Scandal

The automaker reached an agreement in the U.S. settlement case Tuesday.
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Volkswagen Will Pay Out Billions To Car Owners Over Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen has reached a settlement with U.S. regulators and car owners, and the terms include up to $14.7 billion for its emissions cheating scandal. 

The largest chunk of the payout, up to $10.03 billion, will go to to owners of the affected VW and Audi 2-liter diesel engine cars. Individuals will get somewhere from $5,100 to $10,000 depending on their car's model and year. 

Plus, Volkswagen will let owners of the cars choose between waiting to get their rides fixed or just selling the car back to the company at pre-dieselgate trade-in prices.

The rest of the settlement money will go toward government carbon emissions programs and promoting zero-emission vehicle technology — something Volkswagen has already made part of its strategy going forward.

The Wall Street Journal said this settlement is the largest ever for an automaker, which is likely very frustrating for European owners of affected cars to hear — because they may still go empty-handed. 

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Just like in the U.S., the value of Volkswagen's affected diesel models dropped after the Environmental Protection Agency revealed the company had been cheating on emissions tests. But, unlike in the U.S., the cars don't actually violate EU emissions standards. 

That hasn't stopped European officials from saying Volkswagen should compensate Europeans just the same. 

The terms of the settlement submitted Tuesday still need to be approved by a judge before they can be signed off on later this year. 

This video includes clips from Volkswagen