The Dieselgate saga has taken another step towards a resolution in North America, according to a Reuters report. The Volkswagen Group has agreed upon a settlement to buy back more than 83,000 vehicles in the United States with affected 3.0 litre TDI V6 engines, while Canada will also see a buy back campaign for 105,000 vehicles with the affected 2.0 litre four-cylinder TDI engines.
US market vehicles affected include the 2009-2012 VW Touareg and Audi Q7, 2013-2016 VW Touareg, 2013-2015 Audi Q7, 2013-2016 Porsche Cayenne and the 2014-2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, and Q5.
For the US market, VW has agreed to pay more than US$225 million (RM1 billion) into a fund towards reducing diesel pollution, in addition to the buying back of the affected vehicles – this is on top of the US$2.7 billion the automaker group had agreed to pay for the offsetting of emissions from 475,000 2.0 TDI-powered vehicles.
Another $2 billion (RM8.96 billion) will be allocated for the infrastructure and development of zero emissions vehicles over the next 10 years. The company has agreed to introduce at least three additional EVs to its line-up by 2020, including an SUV. Meanwhile, the company will pay $25 million (RM112 million) in fines to the California state air board.
In Canada, the automaker will spend 2.1 billion Canadian dollars (RM7.04 billion) in a buy back campaign for the affected 2.0 TDI vehicles in the country, on top of the C$15 million (RM50.3 million) it will pay as civil penalty in Canada. Covered are the 2009-2015 Jetta, 2009 Jetta Wagon, 2010-2013 and 2015 Golf, 2012-2015 Passat, 2013-2015 Beetle, 2010-2014 Golf Wagon, 2015 Golf SportWagen and 2010-2013 and 2015 Audi A3.