Owners in Europe are only seeking compensation of as little as $5,600 per vehicle, but the fact that Europe is home to 8.5 million tainted diesels to North America’s 800,000 means that the blow could be severe to VW. Ultimately, all three parties, the owners, European governments, and Volkswagen, will need to work together to ensure that owners get their fair share of compensation without bringing down the giant. For the time being, Volkswagen has dismissed European owners, citing the fact that laws protect it from seeing harsh punishments, but owners are holding strong. As some EU countries and individual municipalities are beginning to take the side of the affected owners
, VW could ultimately be forced to cough up the dough.