Volkswagen Signs Canada's Biggest Settlement Ever Because of Dieselgate

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Volkswagen has signed a deal that focuses on its customers in Canada that have been affected by the Dieselgate issue.
The largest deal of this kind in Canadian history will have to be approved by courts in Ontario and Quebec, and both will decide upon it in March 2017. Once the approval is granted, Canadian customers of Volkswagen models can get their settlement deals.

Just like their American counterparts, the Canadian owners of VW Group diesel-engined cars with 2.0-liter TDI units will have to choose between selling their cars back to the corporation, or keeping them after they get fixed.

No matter what the owner wants, VW will still pay each client a compensation, which ranges between $5,100 and $8,000. The latter depends on the make and model of the vehicle, just like in the USA.

Affected clients have until March 4, 2017, to notify the company through a legal representative if they have objections to the proposition, or if they want to opt out of the entire settlement.

If all of the customers ask for their corresponding compensation, Volkswagen would have to pay up to $2.1 billion, which would make it the largest ever settlement in Canadian history.

The Volkswagen Group will also have to pay a federal penalty to Canadian authorities, which amounts to $15 million. The latter is linked to false or misleading environmental marketing claims that were used to promote some of the vehicles that were sold with a “dirty” diesel. It is important to note that VW has not settled anything regarding the 3.0-liter TDI V6-engined cars.

Vehicles that are eligible for the settlement deal in Canada are as follows: Jetta (2009-2015), Golf (2010-2013, 2015), Passat (MY2012-2015), Beetle (MY2013-2015), Golf Wagon (MY2010-2014), Jetta Wagon (MY2009), Golf Sportwagon (MY2015), and Audi A3 (2010-2013, 2015). All of the models above will be included in the settlement if they have a 2.0-liter TDI engine, CBC notes.
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