VW admitted last year that up to 11 million vehicles could be affected. At even $5,000 per vehicle, that's an awful lot of payout money. $55,000,000,000, in fact. VW has said that it will fix the diesels in Europe but not pay compensation. Bienkowska disagrees.
"Volkswagen should voluntarily pay European car owners compensation that is comparable with that which they will pay US consumers," she said. "Treating consumers in Europe differently than US consumers is no way to win back trust."
This is a drum that Bienkowska has been beating for a while. Back in January, she wrote a letter to VW CEO Matthias Mueller that said that, "EU consumers should be treated in the same way as US customers." She has taken a strong stance against VW's possible "fraud" since the scandal broke in September.