Volkswagen may be facing significantly new penalties for cheating on diesel emissions – at least if European Union regulators have their way.
The EU has launched legal proceedings against four member states – Britain, Germany, Luxembourg and Spain – demanding that they impose fines against VW for using illegal “defeat device” software to rig diesel emissions tests. The European Commission also claims those four countries “broke the law” by refusing to provide EU regulators “all the technical information” they have gathered on VW’s scam.
If the Brussels-based EU is successful, it could lead to hefty new penalties against the German automaker which has already shelled out billions of dollars in fines and settlements linked to the diesel scandal. That includes a $14.7 billion deal it reached last spring with U.S. and California regulators, most of that going to buy back vehicles equipped with a flawed 2.0-liter turbodiesel.