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Daimler closes Dieselgate in US: billion 1.5 billion deal

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Announced in September, U.S. The deal with the Department of Justice and the California Atmospheric Board includes $ 875 million and $ 546 million in civil fines for re-converting polluting vehicles.

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Announced in September, U.S. The deal with the Department of Justice and the California Atmospheric Board includes $ 875 million and $ 546 million in civil fines for re-converting polluting vehicles.

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The agreement between the American justice system and Daimler for Dieselgate is defined. A federal judge on Tuesday approved a $ 1.5 billion deal to close an undeclared software document that would allow more than 250,000 vehicles of the Frankfurt-based manufacturer in the United States to emit more diesel pollution.

The agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the California Atmospheric Board, announced in September, includes $ 875 million in civil fines under the Clean Air Act, an additional $ 70 million in fines and $ 546 million in the repatriation of polluting vehicles. Comply consistently and compensate for excessive emissions. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan called for arrangements made in California to be fair, equitable, and in the public interest, and noted that the negotiations lasted more than three years. As part of the deal, Daimler will pay California $ 5,285.6 million in compensation. The German team has individually agreed to a $ 700 million deal with diesel vehicle owners, which is expected to receive final approval this summer.

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Diesel vehicles have been on fire in the United States since Volkswagen admitted in 2015 that it had installed stealth software on 580,000 U.S. vehicles, allowing them to emit excess emissions. Daimler agreed to pay a fine of 870 million euros ($ 1.03 billion) in Germany in 2019 for violating diesel emissions regulations. Both Volkswagen and Daimler have stopped selling diesel vehicles to US customers.

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Fiat Chrysler, now part of Stellandis, reached a $ 800 million deal in 2019 to close disputes over regulators and owners’ claims that it was using illegal software that could give false results in diesel emissions tests. U.S. Stellandis said in a bond release last week that it was continuing negotiations to resolve the ongoing trial in the judiciary and had set aside $ 200 million ($ 8,238 million) to face the trial.