Volkswagen isn’t new to falsifying tests from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), so perhaps it comes as little surprise that VW is again compensating owners for cheating. The German automaker must pay out $96.5 million.
According to the court settlement, about 2013-2017 1 million Audi, Bentley, Porsche and Volkswagen products featured software that caused their transmission to shift gears during the EPA-prescribed emissions test in a manner that sometimes optimizes fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions during the test, but not in real-world conditions.
An EPA investigation has found the software inflated fuel economy on approximately 98,000 vehicles. In reality the vehicles should have been rated 1 mile per gallon lower than what was ultimately on the label.