The fine is the highest applicable by the power of the Italian consumer watchdog, and it is supposed to teach Volkswagen a lesson for its wrongdoing. The German company’s penalty also includes the fact that its vehicles were fitted with devices that helped provide ultra-low results in emission testing procedures by identifying the test and using a dedicated map on the engine control unit.
Volkswagen representatives have already decided to challenge the penalty in an administrative court, Automotive News informs. The representatives of the German brand have stated that their Italian division has fully cooperated with the Italian Anti-Trust Agency with “utmost openness and transparency.”
Volkswagen’s troubles from the self-inflicted emission scandal are far from over, as a local administration (Bavaria) could also sue the German company in its home country. Furthermore, other lawsuits are pending in multiple countries, but the United States of America remains the biggest concern for The Volkswagen Group.
While having sold a small number of cars with “defeat devices” in the USA, the country’s legislation allows for class-action lawsuits against companies that sell products that do not respect their stated characteristics. This kind of legal action can be extremely costly for the defendant, even if it is resolved through a settlement.
While VW has received approval for a settlement deal in the USA for its 2.0-liter TDI-engined vehicles sold with defeat devices, owners of the 3.0-liter V6 TDI-engined cars sold in the United States have yet to receive a solution to the problem. South Korea also has a strong position against Volkswagen’s actions.