Volkswagen has agreed to buy back a number of its emissions-cheating diesel vehicles in two German cities.
Rulings by the regional courts of Arnsberg and Bayreuth backed the calls of plaintiffs for compensation and the German automaker decided to waive a potential appeal of the two separate rulings, Automotive News reports.
VW’s decision not to appeal means these two Germany cities are the first locations in Europe where the carmaker will offer buybacks for the diesel vehicles it sold. Outside of North America, no other buy back scheme has been enforced.
Volkswagen says it decided to forego an appeal due to the low value of the vehicles in question and says this instance is an exception.
While in the United States VW violated the Clean Air Act, it asserts that it never broke the law in Europe, insisting that its software increased emissions only to protect the engine.