Volkswagen’s TDI Goodwill Program will likely involve giving out cash to duped clients, in an effort to appease spirits following the emission scandal that the automaker has been embroiled in.
Back in September, the German car manufacturer was proven to have equipped his diesel cars with “defeat devices”. This type of software detected when inspections were being conducted, and lowered the volume of emissions for that time span only, making the cars appear more eco-friendly than they actually were.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the level of nitrogen oxide emitted by the vehicles while on the road was in fact up to 40 times higher than the maximum limit imposed by air quality standards.
A recent study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters has shown that 59 premature deaths would be caused by this additional pollution, especially on the east and west coasts.
In the United States, the scheme covered 482,000 automobiles with a 2.0 TDI engine, sold since 2009, such as Volkswagen models Passat, Golf, Beetle and Jetta, as well as Audi A3, also produced by the Volkswagen Group.
Recently, EPA has suggested that irregularities were also encountered in vehicles manufactured starting from 2014 and featuring 3.0-liter TDI V6 diesel engines, such as 2015 Porsche Cayenne, 2014 VW Touareg and 2015 Audi A6, A7, A8L and Q5. However, company officials have denied these new accousations, and only admitted to the initial tampering.
Due to the impact this fraud has had on public opinion, it is believed that cash compensation will be provided next week to customers who own diesel cars proven to have been rigged by Volkswagen in the United States.
The project was initially revealed to car dealers on October 22, at the VW national meeting in Orlando, and now more details have transpired. Although representatives have reported that an official announcement regarding the crisis will be issued on Monday, they haven’t yet addressed the rumors regarding potential reimbursements.
According to a report published on the website The Truth About Cars, owners of the vehicles which had illegal software installed on them would be receiving prepaid cards reaching up to $1,250.
An universal coupon with the value of $500 would be provided in order to be spent as the recipient wished, and another card corresponding to an amount verging from $500 to $750 would also be given, to be used at a Volkswagen dealer.
Currently, the controversial car-maker is facing lawsuits from disgruntled customers, due to lowered resale value for automobiles involved in the emissions scheme.
It might be that the company is hoping that receiving compensation would deter clients from suing, and that’s why it initiated this “TDI Goodwill Program”. So far, it hasn’t been extremely forthcoming or transparent regarding the measures it would be taking to address this crisis.
Representatives have simply made a promise to repair the cars, so that emissions would indeed be in compliance with current legislation in this matter.
It is likely that such a process, which is expected to start in February, could turn out to be lengthy and complex. It could make it difficult to contain pollution as desired, and the alterations might also diminish performance and fuel economy.
On the other had, immediate measures have been taken to keep sales revenue on track: Volkswagen has been offering significant discounts to buyers, as well as financial incentives to current owners wishing to lease or buy another car.
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