Volkswagen says diesel scandal has cost it 31.3 billion euros

FILE PHOTO - An employee fixes a VW sign at a production line of the electric Volkswagen model ID.3 in Zwickau, Germany, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Matthias Rietschel

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen VOWG_p.DE said its diesel cheating scandal has cost it 31.3 billion euros ($34.69 bln) in fines and settlements, and the German carmaker expects cash outflows to continue until 2021, adding that these have already been provisioned for.

Volkswagen was caught hiding excessive levels of toxic diesel emissions in 2015, a scandal that led to a management rout and thousands of regulatory probes and lawsuits which are taking years to settle.

“We expect special effects of 2.9 billion euros in 2020 and 1.2 billion euros in 2021,” Witter said about potential cash outflows on a webcast of the company’s annual results press conference.

A Volkswagen spokesman later clarified that the cash outflows had already been provisioned for.

(This story corrects to show VW referring to cash outflows, not additional unprovisioned expenses)

Reporting by Edward Taylor; editing by Michelle Martin