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August 8, 2022

Romania to ask VW for EUR 30 M in damages

*Environment Minister Gratiela Gavrilescu: “The state has to sue Volkswagen”

The damages that the Romanian state has estimated in the case of the 105,303 Volkswagen vehicles registered as having problems surpasses EUR 30 M (RON 123.6 M), sources from within the ministry stated for Agerpres on Thursday.

According to them, the figure has taken into account the fact that the auto tax has been paid for Euro 5 engines when the cars in fact had Euro 4 engines.
On the other hand, the data estimated by the mixed working group set up recently by the Environment Ministry and the Transport Ministry show that the vehicles affected are: 1,944 VW units with 1.2-liter engines (estimated damages RON 588,626), 38,719 VW units with 1.6-liter engines (RON 24.4 M), and 64,640 VW units with 2-liter engines (RON 98.5 M).

The same sources pointed out that the Romanian state will seek to obtain the damages from the auto manufacturer, however the actual handling of the case will start only after German authorities send official information in the upcoming period.

Environment Minister Gratiela Gavrilescu stated that the Romanian state has to sue Volkswagen in order to recover the damages, estimated at EUR 30 M, created by the sale of 105,000 cars whose emissions were higher than officially claimed.

According to Environment Ministry representatives, the Environment Fund Administration has calculated the damages caused by the sale of 105,303 auto vehicles whose polluting emissions were allegedly undervalued through the use of defeat devices. The estimate was made in the absence of official information from the German company, the consideration made being that the cars sold as Euro 5 were in fact Euro 4.

Volkswagen announced that it will start in January the recall of the vehicles fitted with the software that falsified the results of the pollution tests on its diesel engines, the operation being set to last until the end of 2016.
Volkswagen’s portfolio consists of 12 brands – the VW, Lamborghini, Skoda, Seat, Bentley, Audi and Bugatti auto vehicles and the MAN and Scania trucks.

The German auto manufacturing group recently admitted that it fitted 11 million auto vehicles (of which 2.8 million were sold in Germany) with software that falsifies the anti-pollution tests on its diesel engines. The scandal has resulted in the resignation of CEO Martin Winterkorn, who has been replaced by Porsche CEO Matthias Muller.

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