Volkswagen has got the final approval of the 2.0L TDI ‘dieselgate’ settlement in the US. Under the settlement, affected owners receive the pre-scandal trade-in value of their vehicle and an additional $5,000-$10,000 compensation.
Volkswagen has announced that judge Charles R. Breyer of the US district court for the Northern District of California has granted final approval to the settlement agreement between Volkswagen and private plaintiffs represented by a Court-appointed plaintiffs’ steering committee (PSC) to resolve civil claims regarding eligible Volkswagen and Audi 2.0L TDI vehicles in the US. Concurrently judge Breyer also approved a consent decree between Volkswagen and the US department of Justice on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of California by and through the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Attorney General; and a Consent Order between Volkswagen and the US Federal Trade Commission. All three agreements were previously announced.
“Final approval of the 2.0L TDI settlement is an important milestone in our journey to making things right in the US, and we appreciate the efforts of all parties involved in this process. Volkswagen is committed to ensuring that the program is now carried out as seamlessly as possible for our affected customers and has devoted significant resources and personnel to making their experience a positive one,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America.
Volkswagen says it remains focused on resolving other outstanding issues in the US and continues to work towards an agreed resolution for customers with affected 3.0L TDI V6 diesel engines.
The following 2.0L TDI engine vehicles are included in the 2.0L TDI settlement program:
VW Beetle – 2013- 2015
VW Golf – 2010-2015
VW Jetta – 2009-2015
VW Passat – 2012-2015
Audi A3 – 2010-2013, 2015
VW stressed that the settlement in the US does not set a precedent outside of the US. These agreements are not intended to apply to or affect Volkswagen’s obligations under the laws or regulations of any jurisdiction outside the US, it said. “Regulations governing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions limits for vehicles in the US are much stricter than those in other parts of the world and the engine variants also differ significantly. This makes the development of technical solutions in the US more challenging than in Europe and other parts of the world, where implementation of an approved program to modify TDI vehicles to comply fully with UN/ECE and European emissions standards has already begun by agreement with the relevant authorities.”