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VW News: As the Diesel Emits: Volkswagen, U.S. Government Reach An Agreement

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It seemed like it would never happen. But today in a federal courtroom in Calfornia, Volkswagen and the U.S. Justice Department announced they have reached an agreement over the 570,000 2.0L diesel vehicles equipped with illegal software that cheated EPA emission tests.

 

The preliminary "agreement in principle" states the Volkswagen will give owners the option of selling their affected TDI vehicles back to VW or have the vehicle modified to meet U.S. emission standards. Those who are leasing a TDI model can cancel their lease agreement.

 

The agreement also includes two different compensation funds. The first will be for owners that will give them a substantial amount of compensation - the amount is currently unknown. The second will be for “appropriate remediation efforts” against the excess NOx emissions the affected Volkswagen diesel models emitted. Volkswagen will also be required to promote "green automotive technology."

 

One other detail revealed in the hearing is that Volkswagen will be settling all of the class-action lawsuits against it in the coming weeks.

 

"Volkswagen is committed to winning back the trust of its customers, its dealers, its regulators and all of America," said VW lawyer Robert Giuffra.

 

The agreements are "an important step forward on the road to making things right," added Giuffra.

 

The agreement must be finalized by June 21st. A court hearing will follow on July 26th discussing the full details. In the meantime, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer has issued a gag order on the discussion of the agreement.

 

As the for the Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche models equipped with the 3.0L TDI V6, negotiations between Volkswagen and Justice Department are continuing.

 

This agreement is the beginning for Volkswagen to begin closing this dark and devasting chapter. There are still fines that need to levy against the German automaker, along with various investigations that need to be finished up. But it seems the madness is starting to come to an end.

 

Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) Bloomberg, Reuters, Volkswagen

 

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This will be interesting to see how much compensation they do for the owners. The lease folks at least can get out of the auto now.

 

See how VW handles this marketing. Hmmmmmm

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