US: VW to expand “goodwill package” for larger diesels

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Volkswagen said the compensation program for the US owners of the 2.0-litre affected diesel will be extended to larger engines as well.

The company is giving owners of diesel-powered cars with 2.0-liter engines under investigation by the US Environmental Protection Agency a 500-dollar Visa card and another 500-dollar gift in credits from its dealers. On top of that, VW also offers three years of free roadside assistance. Volkswagen Group of America President and CEO Michael Horn said the program will be further extended for the owners of 2009-2016 diesel VW Touareg SUVs. He also pointed out that the “bonus package”, supposed to soften the annoyance of owners with cars that emit more nitrogen oxides than the limits allowed by law, has been claimed by more than 260,000 people – from the total of 482,000 owners of 2009-2015 2.0-littre diesel cars – and that 130,000 have already been paid.

In November, the US regulators have also revealed that Volkswagen has bypassed emissions controls on all the 3.0-litre diesel engines in the US, adding around 80,000 vehicles to an already huge number of the Group’s cars involved in the cheating scheme. Models affected include the 2009-2016 VW Touareg, 2013-2016 Porsche Cayenne and 2014-2016 Audi A6 Quattro, Audi A7 Quattro, Audi A8, Audi A8L, Audi Q5 and 2009-2016 Audi Q7. An Audi spokesman said a similar goodwill program is in the works for its 3.0 liter vehicles. If all Group’s US larger engines are included in the compensation program, the “goodwill package” will add another 80 million dollars to VW’s bill. Horn said it took automaker’s management team in Germany two weeks to approve the 1,000-dollar “bonus” for the US owners, something that under the prior management would have taken six months.

Via Reuters