Volkswagen AG has agreed to pay at least US$1.22 billion to fix or buy back nearly 80,000 polluting U.S. 3.0 liter diesel engine vehicles to settle claims it fitted illegal emissions-cheating software to the cars, court documents showed.
German auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH also agreed to pay US$327.5 million to U.S. diesel VW owners, according to the documents filed late Tuesday.
Volkswagen could be forced to pay up to US$4.04 billion if regulators don't approve fixes for all vehicles. In December, VW said it had agreed to buy back 20,000 vehicles and expected to win approval to fix another 60,000.
The settlement is the last major hurdle to Volkswagen moving beyond the scandal over its installation of secret software in hundreds of thousands of U.S. diesel cars to cheat exhaust emissions tests, although it still faces suits from some U.S. states and investors.
Volkswagen has already announced 18.2 billion euros (US$19.63 billion) of provisions to cover the costs of "Dieselgate" and a source familiar with the matter said last month that its total bill was likely to remain below 20 billion euros.