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VW Diesel Settlement Approved: Settlement Website Goes Live
July 26 2016: We’ve learned more about VW’s plans for 2.0-liter TDI repairs or buybacks. Sources say VW will offer you two options: fixing your car and keeping a restitution payment or selling your car to VW and keeping the same restitution payout. There’s no reason to rush to your dealer; restitution and buyback monies are frozen: based on September 2016 “clean” values, no deductions for cracked windshields or door dings -- customer claims registration launches at www.vwcourtsettlement.com.
Owner eligibility determines settlements too. There are three classes: eligible owners, eligible lessees and eligible sellers. Check VW’s website for further details. You’ll need your VIN.
Between August and September, dealership program ambassadors will train dealers to assure their readiness. By mid-October 2016, buyback transactions begin for those with approved documentation. The program ends December 2017.
VW’s dealers claim they’ve been told that tests of TDI emissions modifications show little to no effects on fuel mileage or performance. While this remains to be proven, it’s a sign that those who’d like to keep driving their TDIs, might be pleased with VW’s emissions fix. Earlier reports said VW’s repairs did not meet clean-air rules. Also, sources say VW dealers might be able to sell their inventories of new 2015 TDI vehicles come this October. In contrast, VW still hasn’t certified its 2016 TDI models. So, those cars cannot be sold. Expect VW to also offer loyalty money for people who opt to purchase or lease a new VW.
While we’ve heard news that a 3.0-liter TDI settlement is near, and then learned that the California Air Resources Board nixed it, any plan for these V-6 TDIs remains on hold; VW must first settle the 2.0-liter TDI fiasco.
Meanwhile, VW has suspended sales of its diesel vehicles in South Korea, due to its use of emission-cheating software. Korean authorities are investigating VW’s wrongdoing.
In the USA, three states moved forward with lawsuits against the automaker for violating environmental rules and a cover up of evidence that VW broke those rules by its former and current CEOs. Earlier this month, VW agreed to pay $86 million in penalties to California. This money is not part of the larger $15 billion settlement revealed during June 2016.
VW has added another $2.4 billion to the roughly $18 billion it already set aside to cover continuing legal risks in the U.S.
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