Volkswagen, German consumer group in diesel settlement talks

Volkswagen and a German consumer group say they will conduct talks on a possible settlement in a landmark case involving the automaker's diesel emissions scandal

BERLIN -- Volkswagen and a German consumer group said Thursday they will conduct talks on a possible settlement in a landmark case in which hundreds of thousands of people aim to establish a right of compensation for cars affected by the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal.

In a statement Thursday, the two sides said that they have agreed to open talks on a possible settlement and that their common aim is “a pragmatic solution” in the interests of customers.

They didn't say what such a solution might entail.

“The talks are at a very early stage,” the brief statement said. It stressed that it is uncertain whether they will reach a settlement and said both sides have agreed to confidentiality.