Volkswagen India will contest green court’s $71 million fine

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Volkswagen will contest a ruling by an Indian environment court that imposed a penalty of 5 billion rupees ($71 million) on the German automaker for emission violations.

An investigation by the Indian government in 2015 discovered that Volkswagen had flouted regional pollution limits and the company was forced to recall 323,700 cars in the nation That ruling came two months after it confessed to cheating U.S. diesel emissions tests.

“The Volkswagen Group in India reiterates that all cars from the group are compliant with the emission norms defined in India,” stated Volkswagen Group India.

The automaker plans to challenge the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) order at the Supreme Court.

The diesel emissions scandal has been the biggest business crisis in automaker’s 82-year history. Since the “dieselgate” scandal became public, the automaker has set aside over $30 billion to cover penalties, vehicle refits to remove the illegal “defeat device” software and other expenses.

In January NGT fined Volkswagen 1 billion rupees in a different case relating to excess emissions of nitrogen oxide, a smog-forming pollutant linked to lung and heart disease.

Volkswagen had responded by saying its vehicles complied with India’s emissions regulations, but it would adhere to the order and pay the penalty.

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