Volkswagen fined 5 million euros in Italy over Dieselgate scandal

German carmaker Volkswagen has been fined 5 million euros (5.5 million dollars) by the Italian government in the so-called Dieselgate scandal, Italy's antitrust regulator said Monday.

After being found out by US authorities in September, VW admitted to installing software designed to circumvent air pollution standards on millions of its diesel cars, including more than 700,000 sold in Italy.

Italy's competition authority (AGCOM) said this amounted to "unfair commercial practice," as consumers were misled about Volkswagen's green credentials, which the company actively trumpeted in its advertising.

AGCOM said the 5-million-euro penalty was the maximum that could be levied in such circumstances. It amounts to just over 7 euros per emission-cheating car sold in the Italian market. 

Volkswagen's Italian subsidiary said in a statement it would appeal against the fine. 

Volkswagen settled a 14.7-billion-dollar settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency in June, but on top of that, it was asked last month to pay 176 million dollars by the state of Washington.

Last update: Mon, 08/08/2016 - 23:28

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