Volkswagen is preparing to face down dieselgate lawsuits, with CEO Matthias Müller saying the company is 'relaxed' about the threat from European car owners trying to claim that the approved fixes have negatively affected their vehicles.
Volkswagen expects to have software and hardware fixes fitted to the illegal 11 million cars outside of the US by this autumn. All of the fixes were pre-approved by the KBA, Germany’s national motoring authority, and are certified as returning the cars to their homologated economy and emissions standards.
In addition, Volkswagen says it has closely monitored resale values of affected cars and that its research, along with that of independent residual value companies, proves that no owners have suffered a material loss as a result of the scandal.
“As regards lawsuits, we can only repeat that our updates are okay,” said Müller. “We have done thousands of measurements in conjunction with the KBA which show that our solutions do not affect cars negatively in any way.
“If people think they know better then let them try to prove it and we will discuss that intensely in court. But I have to say we are relaxed about it.”