Volkswagen Receives Preliminary Approval of 2.0 TDI Settlement Plan

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Volkswagen has been granted preliminary approval of its settlement plan for the customers of its 2.0-liter TDI engined vehicles affected by Dieselgate.
Since the permission we are discussing is a preliminary one, Volkswagen AG must wait until this fall to receive the United States District Court’s final approval of the class settlement.

The settlement plan focuses on the Volkswagen and Audi customers in the USA who purchased vehicles fitted with a 2.0-liter TDI engine. We are talking about the 2013-2015 Volkswagen Beetle, the 2010-2015 VW Golf, 2009-2015 VW Jetta, 2012-2015 VW Passat, and the 2010-2013 Audi A3, as well as the 2015 A3.

With the settlement plan for this engine type having received preliminary approval, Volkswagen is still working on developing an EPA and CARB approved fix to bring the power plant to the homologated specifications. At the same time, Volkswagen engineers must also find a solution to make the 3.0-liter V6 TDI unit compliant with American emissions regulations.

Once the settlement plan for the 2.0-liter TDI engined vehicles gets the final approval, owners of the affected vehicles have two choices in front of them. The first will be to sell their cars back to Volkswagen, or terminate their lease without an early termination penalty.

The other choice will be to keep their vehicle and have Volkswagen apply a free emissions modification so that it is compliant with EPA and CARB regulations. The latter will only be employed if the German corporation succeeds in developing an approved fix for its “Dieselgate” scandal.

The settlement plan also provides the owners of the 2.0-liter TDI engined vehicles affected by Dieselgate and sold in the USA with a cash payment from Volkswagen. We must note that not all those that drive one of the concerned cars are eligible for the benefits.

For example, customers that that currently lease a dieselgate-affected car with a third party financial service company (other than Volkswagen Credit or Audi Financial Services), are not eligible.

The same is the case for those that bought a dieselgate-affected 2.0-liter TDI Volkswagen or Audi after September 19, 2015, or June 28, 2016, as are not eligible for the settlement deal. For more information, check
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