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VW Judge Says He'll Approve 3-Liter Diesel Cheating Accord

  • Carmaker may spend more than $24.5 billion to resolve scandal
  • Company lawyer tells judge U.S. accord is important milestone
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A U.S. judge said he intends to give final approval to Volkswagen AG’s $1.225 billion settlement with regulators and about 78,000 drivers of premium Audis, VWs and Porsches over the company’s diesel cheating-scandal.

All told, VW is committed to spending upwards of $24.5 billion in North America to settle lawsuits and buy back or repair some 560,000 vehicles armed with algorithms intentionally installed to trick emissions tests. The accord presented Thursday for sign-off by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco includes an additional $327.5 million that covers claims against technology provider Robert Bosch GmbH.