VW may be closer to settling its problems in the US, but there's still the rest of the world to deal with. There's some progress on that front, too, as Volkswagen agreed to a settlement with Canadian diesel owners.
Volkswagen Group agreed to spend up to CAD$2.1 billion to either buy back or repair over-polluting diesels in Canada, Reuters reports. Volkswagen also agreed to pay a CAD$15 million fine, and it will pay the plaintiffs' lawyers a separate amount, as well.
Approximately 105,000 vehicles will be included in this settlement. Most of those owners will receive between CAD$5,100 and CAD$5,950 in compensation, in addition to having their vehicles bought back or fixed. It's unclear what the fix entails at this time. The settlement will be finalized following two court dates in March.
"Volkswagen's primary goal has always been to ensure our Canadian customers are treated fairly, and we believe that this proposed resolution achieves this aim," said Maria Stenstroem, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group Canada, to Reuters.
It's a very similar structure to VW's US settlement. The automaker agreed to buybacks and, if possible, fixes for nearly half a million 2.0-liter diesels in the US. Given the sheer size disparity between the number of diesels in each country, VW is expected to spend more than five times the money in the US than it will in Canada. All in, Volkswagen's agreed to spend more than $18 billion clearing this whole mess up, and that's just in North America.
Meanwhile, Volkswagen is still on the hook for its 3.0-liter diesels in the US, which contain a different kind of software discrepancy. Right now, sources indicate that Volkswagen will buy back approximately 25 percent of the 80,000 3.0-liter TDI vehicles in the US and fix the remainder. There are also criminal investigations and environmental claims that need resolution, which could cost the automaker even more money.