Volkswagen Claims its Diesel Cheat Devices Are Legal in Europe

The carmaker will withal refit rigged cars out of ‘goodwill’

Recently, the California District Court approved VW's $14.7 Billion settlement plan, which will give the options of refund to those who bought cars fitted with Volkswagen cheat devices.

In other words, the American side of Dieselgate is heading towards a solution – at least from the legal perspective. Of course, Volkswagen still has to abide by the deal's terms; otherwise, penalties are to be triggered.

In Europe, however, Dieselgate's culprit is facing a storm of legal hammering, led by a collective lawsuit in Germany and a tide of pressure from the European Commission which insists Volkswagen should also compensate European owners.

According to Autonews, a Spanish court ruled "in favor of a VW customer" and, subsequently, sanctioned local VW entities with a fine.

However, Fortune reports that Volkswagen rejects the notion of cash payouts being offered to European customers who own tampered cars.

Furthermore, the same media outlet reports that the carmaker insists "the software contained in vehicles with a EA-189 engine in the view of Volkswagen represents no unlawful defeat device under European law," according to email comments.

Lastly, VW also mentioned that it will continue to remove the cheating devices found in its cars under the order of Germany's KBA, as a proof of goodwill.