Volkswagen’s goodwill offer was proposed as a step forward for the company drowning in their emissions cheating scandal. The VW owners aren’t buying it. Most agree that the $500 gift card is chump change, the $500 credit to a VW or Audi dealership is a big joke and the 3 years of roadside assistance means virtually nothing.
Owners of the following vehicles are eligible for the package:
VW Jetta TDI (Model Years 2009 – 2015)
VW Jetta SportWagen TDI (Model Years 2009-2014)
VW Golf TDI (Model Years 2010-2015)
VW Golf SportWagen TDI (Model Year 2015)
VW Beetle TDI and VW Beetle Convertible TDI (Model Years 2012-2015)
VW Passat TDI (Model Years 2012-2015)
Full details on the package and eligibility can be found on the special website www.vwdieselinfo.com that VW has set up for concerned owners in the U.S.
In addition to the furious owners, VW also is dealing with fuming dealers. The company is offering cash and no-interest loans to its roughly 650 dealerships that are stuck with cars that can’t be sold but are taking up precious space in their lots. It is also encouraging dealers to offer pre-scandal prices on trade-ins and promising to make up the difference in value.
Plenty of bad things have happened to VW, starting with the acknowledgment in September that it sold nearly 500,000 cars in the U.S. marketed as “clean diesel”, but were quite the opposite. These vehicles instead puffed out up to 40 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxide (NOx) into the atmosphere. Since then the number of cars under investigation worldwide has grown, prosecutors in Europe and the U.S. are undergoing criminal investigations and VW’s stock has tumbled. Last week, U.S. regulators said that some newer models may be involved and VW admitted an additional problem with 800,000 cars, including some gasoline models.
Many VW owners are filing lawsuits knowing compensation will eventually come their way. They certainly deserve it after being lied to by a company they once trusted.
The question is: will the bad news ever end?