VW Offers Buybacks, Cash in Second Diesel Settlement
German automaker Volkswagen (VW) this week said it will pay up to $1.2 billion to settle with U.S. owners of vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines. The proposed settlement will offer 100% buybacks, cash, or a repair plan option to owners of 78,000 VW, Audi, and Porsche vehicles from 2009-2016 that are powered by 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engines and equipped with emissions cheating devices.
One agreement is to settle a national class action of current and former owners/lessees of these diesel vehicles that has been filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. A hearing is slated for Feb. 14. The second is a proposed Consent Order submitted to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to resolve civil claims. Volkswagen says earliest approvals could be in May.
Buybacks will be extended to owners of eligible Generation 1 vehicles, while owners of later-model Generation 2 vehicles will be provided with Emissions Compliant Repairs when approved.
Vehicles and model years covered in each of the generations are:
Generation 1 Diesel Models:
- Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Q7 (2009-2012)
Generation 2 Diesel Models:
- Volkswagen Touareg (2013-2016)
- Audi Q7 (2013-2015)
- Audi A6, A7, A8, A8L, Q5 (2014-2016)
- Porsche Cayenne Diesel (2013-2016)
All owners of recalled vehicles will receive cash payments. Owners who select to have their vehicle fixed and made compliant with required emissions standards will receive between $7,000 and $16,000 if the fix is approved and another $500 if the repair hampers performance, according to news reports. Owners who take a buyback will get an additional $7,500 in compensation.
Volkswagen already has agreed to settlement with owners of nearly 500,000 of its vehicles in the United States with smaller 2.0-liter diesel engines that are equipped with the rigged emissions software. VW halted sales of vehicles with diesel engines in 2015.
For more information about the proposed settlement, visit: http://www.VWCourtSettlement.com.