Volkswagen to pay up to $127m in Australia for scandal

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Volkswagen has now added Australia to the list of settlements surrounding the Diesel Emissions issues the company has faced. David Brown reports.

Volkswagen has agreed to pay up to AU$127 million dollars to settle a class action stemming from the 2015 diesel emissions scandal.

The settlement was announced in the Federal Court in Sydney and has yet to be approved by a judge.

Volkswagen said in a statement that it made no admission of liability in the settlement. Volkswagen has also agreed to pay the plaintiffs’ legal costs, which have yet to be assessed.

The Quality Management movement had a principle that if you set a target people will meet the target no matter what the cost to the company.

It was widely recognised that VW had a culture of demanding staff meet extreme targets.

Volkswagen has paid 30 billion euros in fines and civil settlements around the world.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto