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Volkswagen Golf cars stand on railway cars at the Volkswagen factory on Feb. 25, 2020 in Zwickau, Germany. The automaker reached an US$902.04-million agreement in a class action lawsuit in diesel scandal.SEAN GALLUP-GETTY IMAGES/Getty Images

Volkswagen and a major German consumer group said on Friday that they had reached an US$902.04-million agreement in a class action lawsuit over the carmaker’s rigging of diesel emissions tests.

The deal marks a further step in the German carmaker’s efforts to make amends after it admitted in 2015 to using illegal software to cheat U.S. diesel engine tests.

The effort has cost Volkswagen more than US$30-billion in vehicle refits, fines and provisions.

In the deal announced Friday, the US$902.04-million will be divided among about 260,000 members of the class action. The exact amount depends on the age and model of the owner’s car.

Nearly all U.S. owners of affected cars agreed to take part in a $25 billion settlement in 2016 in the United States, but VW has said there was no legal basis for consumers in Germany to seek compensation due to differences in law.

An initial attempt to reach the US$902.04-million settlement with VZBV failed this month, for which VW blamed demands for 50 million euros in fees by lawyers representing the consumer groups.