Volkswagen is close to a deal to pay $two billion to settle a US criminal investigation into the emissions-cheating scandal involving its diesel cars, a leading American daily has reported. A settlement between the US Department of Justice and the German auto giant could come as early as next week, the New York Times reported yesterday, citing three people who were not identified.
VW told AFP it was continuing to cooperate with US authorities to resolve the case. Volkswagen admitted last year it had installed software on as many as 11 million diesel vehicles sold worldwide to circumvent tests for emissions while enabling them to release up to 40 times the permitted amounts of nitrogen oxides during actual driving.
Volkswagen already has settled civil charges in the scandal, agreeing to pay $14.7 billion in an agreement that permits owners of nearly a half million 2.0-liter diesel vehicles to either sell them back or get them fixed.
Last month, the company announced it reached an additional USD 1 billion civil agreement with US authorities for a similar on deal covering 80,000 3.0-liter diesel vehicles. However, that agreement has yet to be approved by a judge.