Volkswagen announced today, that owners of vehicles equipped with software used to pass emissions tests could receive up to $1,000 in prepaid Visa cards and dealership credits, as well as free roadside assistance for three years. The offer is an attempt to regain customer trust as the company faces lawsuits from owners who want compensation for the loss in resale value of their vehicles. Some of the cases already filed say they want VW to buy back the vehicles for the full price they originally paid.
The automobile manufacturer has also promised to make changes to affected vehicles so they comply with emissions limits, but they are still working on a remedy . The vehicles affected include:
- 2009 -2015 VW Jetta TDI
- 2009-2014 VW Jetta SportWagen TDI
- 2010-2015 VW Golf TDI
- 2015 VW Golf SportWagen TDI
- 2012-2015 VW Beetle TDI and VW Beetle Convertible TDI
- 2012-2015 VW Passat TDI
The Environmental Protection Agency said that they will be investigating some larger Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche diesel vehicles equipped with similar software, but Volkswagen has denied that the software in those cars was designed to cheat on emissions tests.