If you drive a Volkswagen, Audi, or certain other vehicles, no doubt you are aware of the “Dieselgate” scandal. It has cost the company billions of dollars worldwide, a price tag that may be rising. So far, the settlements have been limited to the automakers paying governments in countries in which they violated environmental laws and to compensate vehicle owners. However, that changed when Porsche sued sister automaker Audi for $235-million in damages as The Drive reports.
Initially reported by Reuters, Porsche began litigation against sister-company Audi, claiming that Audi’s role in the “Dieselgate” scandal cost the company millions. Upwards of $234 million, to be exact.
Initially, Volkswagen along with its subsidiaries Audi and Porsche were alone in the scandal. However, information taken from the European Union regulatory body accused BMW and Mercedes of being involved in a cartel-style coalition. Another accusation was that they conspired to “fix” the design and price of the diesel engine.
Later, it was revealed that Audi may have been aware of the cheating software installed on diesel engines as early as 2006. Yet, the company did not act until the cheating scandal was uncovered and “Dieselgate” was well underway. By then, there was no way to stop the ball from rolling.
Earlier this year. German officials mandated the recall of the Porsche Cayenne, revoking their emissions certificates until they could be brought into legal compliance.
Porsche is seeking compensation for the cost of retrofits as well as the cost for legal representation to settle the matter.
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