TDI Emission Buy Back Resource

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We like to offer our VW customers as many resources as possible. VW Southtowne was directed to a Reddit  and a VW Group forum site regarding the TDI Buy back process and discussions of what other VW TDI customers are going through.

Since VW dealers are only facilitators for TDI buy back appointments and drop off’s, we don’t have answers to your questions. We do try to keep an ear out to direct you to good resources for the emissions settlement q&a’s.

You can visit that REDDIT page by clicking HERE

Or you can visit the VW Group Forum by clicking HERE

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2017 IIHS Top Safety Picks include six Volkswagen Models

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SIX VOLKSWAGEN MODELS EARN 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK RATINGS FROM THE INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY

Dec 8, 2016

Jetta earns TSP+ rating, Golf 4-door and Passat models earn TSP

Herndon, VA (December 8, 2016)  — Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced that several of its 2017 models have earned 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):

  • The 2017 Jetta, when equipped with optional Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) and Bi-Xenon headlights, has earned TOP SAFETY PICK+
  • The 2017 Volkswagen Golf 4-door, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI 4-door and Golf SportWagen, when equipped with optional Front Assist, have earned TOP SAFETY PICK
  • The 2017 Passat, featuring standard Front Assist, has earned TOP SAFETY PICK

The 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK award is issued to vehicles that have earned good ratings in IIHS tests evaluated in five categories: frontal impact moderate overlap; frontal impact small overlap; side impact; roof strength; and head restraints. It must also offer an autonomous emergency braking system (AEB) that earns at least an advanced rating for front crash prevention.

The 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating is issued to vehicles that have met all of the TOP SAFETY PICK criteria and must offer headlights that earn at least an acceptable rating for visibility and lack of excessive glare.

“At Volkswagen, we strongly believe that the latest advanced driver assist technologies can be delivered without being in the premium segment,” said Hendrik Muth, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy. ”The IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings awarded to a variety of Volkswagen models compliments our ongoing commitment to offering these features .”

Volkswagen’s Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking system (Front Assist) driver assistance system uses one or more radar sensors combined with a camera to help monitor the distance of traffic ahead of the vehicle. Within physical system limits, Forward Collision Warning helps alert the driver of critical front-end collision situations, both acoustically and visually by a clear warning symbol in the instrument cluster above 19 mph, and, if necessary, braking is initiated to slow the vehicle in the system speed range. If the driver fails to apply the brakes, the system autonomously applies them; if the pedal is engaged but the driver brakes too lightly, the pressure is increased by the system (targeted braking).  Front Assist is optional on 2017 Jetta and Golf models and standard on the 2017 Passat.

Other available driver assistance features on the 2017 Jetta, Golf family and Passat include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, an active Lane Departure Warning system (Lane Assist), front and rear Park Distance Control (ParkPilot), and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist), High Beam Control (Light Assist), and Bi-Xenon headlights with the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS). Availability depends on model and trim.

All Volkswagen models offer a combination of both passive and active safety systems that are engineered to meet or exceed current crash regulations. The 2017 Jetta, Golf models and Passat are equipped with the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as standard.

IIHS launched its front crash prevention rating program in 2013 to help consumers sort through the maze of available technologies and zero in on the most effective systems. For more information on IIHS, visit www.iihs.org. All IIHS ratings are available at http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings.

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VW 3.0L TDI Update 12.20.2016

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12.20.2016

VW announces that they have come to a settlement for those waiting to hear about their 3.0L diesel Volkswagen and Audi’s. Judge Breyer ruled on 80,000 3.0L, which includes newer 3-liter vehicles — such as the 2013-2016 Volkswagen Touareg, 2013-2015 Audi Q7, 2013-2016 Porsche Cayenne, and 2014-2016 Audi A6 quattro, A7 quattro, A8, A8L and Q5 — a fix is possible, so buybacks won’t be offered. There will be about 20k models that will be bought back because the fix is too complicated and the other’s will be offered a fix.

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U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco announced it will include the option of a buyback for at least 20,000 vehicles and will give all the car owners substantial compensation on top of any repairs or a buyback. Breyer didn’t include any numbers in his announcement.

The 2.0L buybacks are in full swing.

To read more from the AP click HERE

VW Emission Settlement Update 10.25.16

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At 9am, October 25, 2016 Judge Breyer in San Francisco made a final ruling for 2.0L Volkswagen TDI customers. The $14.7 billion dollar settlement had been approved and buy backs will start taking place the beginning to the middle of November.

After a 3 hour hearing on October, 18th the Judge had asked for an extra week to take into consideration some of the objections.

Volkswagen agreed to make up to $1.21 billion in payments to 652 U.S. VW brand dealers and $600 million to 44 U.S. states to address some state claims.

To date, nearly 340,000 owners have registered to take part in the settlement, and only about 3,500 owners have opted out. Volkswagen must fix or buy back 85 percent of the 475,000 vehicles under the agreement within two years or face additional costs.

November 3rd, 2016 will be the next hearing for the 3.0L VW TDI’s. Make sure that you are registered at vwcourtsettlement.comWe will keep you updated on all news regarding the Volkswagen Settlement and buy backs

Nathan Bomey, reporter for USA Today, had a great twitter feed updating on the ruling today:

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Patrick McGee, correspondant from the Financial Times, also kept his feed current with Judge Breyer’s ruling:

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VW LSR Beetle IS the World’s Fastest Beetle!

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This is pretty cool and it’s even in our back  yard!

VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE LSR RUNS 205.122 MPH AT BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS, BECOMING THE WORLD’S FASTEST BEETLE

Sep 19, 2016

Automobile magazine contributing Editor Preston Lerner scorches across the salt in Volkswagen of America’s Beetle LSR

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Herndon, VA (September 19, 2016) – Volkswagen of America, Inc., today announced that its specially tuned Volkswagen Beetle LSR, powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder TSI® gasoline engine, has achieved 205.122 mph over a flying mile—the fastest speed ever recorded for a Beetle. The car was driven by Automobile magazine contributing Editor Preston Lerner on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah, at the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association (USFRA) 2016 World of Speed event.

To achieve the horsepower needed to run above 200 mph at Bonneville, while adhering to Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) G/BGC rules, the powertrain was specially modified by THR Manufacturing, based in Santa Paula, Calif. With new turbochargers, pistons, camshafts, connecting rods, and head modifications, it produced 543 horsepower and 421 pound-feet of torque at the wheels: at the flywheel, that would be more than 600 hp and nearly 500 lb-ft.

“We are completely thrilled with the Beetle LSR’s performance at Bonneville,” said Dr. Hendrik Muth, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “The Beetle is not the most aerodynamic car in our portfolio, so running 205 mph is a testament to the power that can be made from the EA888 TSI four-cylinder engine. This feat truly underscores the sporty and pugnacious spirit of the Beetle.”

Obviously, the Beetle had many other changes. The suspension was lowered, special Salt Flat wheels and tires fitted, a limited-slip differential added to aid traction, and the interior was stripped and outfitted with full safety equipment, such as a rollcage, racing seat and harness, and a fire suppression system. Plus, to help slow the car down, the Beetle was fitted with a pair of parachutes.

“Exceeding 200 miles per hour in the Beetle LSR was a serious thrill,” said driver Preston Lerner, a contributing Editor at Automobile Magazine. “We had enough power to go even faster if the salt hadn’t been so sketchy. But seeing 208 miles per hour briefly on the digital readout was an experience I’ll never forget.”

Volkswagen’s stock Beetle R-Line® coupe model features a EA888 turbocharged and direct-injection 2.0-liter TSI engine that makes 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque (achieved using premium fuel), enabling the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds and to reach an electronically governed top track speed of 130 mph. The engine delivers peak torque from as low as 1700 rpm, giving smooth, effortless acceleration in all the gears. The R-Line comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but a dual-clutch DSG® six-speed automatic transmission is optional.

VW Emission Settlement Update

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Volkswagen is about a month out from the final court approval hearing (October 18th). There hasn’t been much in updates since the original press release in June. We wanted to provide you with contact information, as the dealerships are unable to answer specific questions at this time. VW Dealerships have been instructed to direct customers to the VW Diesel Emission Settlement hotline, 844-98CLAIM(25246). This hotline will be able to answer your questions regarding updated information and what you need to do for your TDI.

There are some new tools on the vwcourtsettlement.com page. This includes a couple of instructional videos, such as how to use the online portal. There is also an updated timeline. Don’t forget to go through the steps and make sure you are registered so you can get up to date information regarding your VW TDI. There is no information regarding the 3.0L models yet.

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We know there are many of you that want to sell. Just a reminder: If you owned an eligible vehicle on June 28, 2016 and sell, trade or otherwise transfer ownership of your vehicle before the Court grants final approval of the Class Action Settlement, you will lose your rights to any benefits under the Class Action Settlement.

 

 

VW Emissions Settlement information Update 10.18

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**UPDATE** COURT HEARING WAS TODAY 10.18 AND THIS IS WHAT TRANSPIRED:

After a 3 hour hearing this morning in California, U.S. Judge Breyer said he’ll decide whether to approve VW’s $15 billion settlement by Oct. 25. Breyer says the court is “strongly inclined to approve” the VW settlement, but wants to consider views stated in objections.
We will continue to keep this blog updated as information comes through.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://www.vwcourtsettlement.com/en/

You can also find out your estimated settlement amount HERE

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Volkswagen Reaches Settlement Agreements with U.S. Federal Regulators, Private Plaintiffs and 44 U.S. States on TDI Diesel Engine Vehicles

  • Proposed settlement program includes vehicle buybacks and lease terminations, emissions modifications (if approved) and cash payments to affected customers for approximately 475,000 eligible 2.0L TDI vehicles
  • Volkswagen agrees to $2.7 billion environmental remediation fund and to invest $2.0 billion in initiatives to promote the use of zero emissions vehicles in the U.S.
  • Separate resolution with U.S. states settles consumer protection claims

Volkswagen AG announced today that it has reached settlement agreements with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the State of California; the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC); and private plaintiffs represented by the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) to resolve civil claims regarding eligible Volkswagen and Audi 2.0L TDI diesel engine vehicles in the United States. Of approximately 499,000 2.0L TDL vehicles that were produced for sale in the United States, approximately 460,000 Volkswagen and 15,000 Audi vehicles are currently in use and eligible for buybacks and lease terminations or emissions modifications, if approved by regulators. Volkswagen will establish a maximum funding pool for the 2.0L TDI settlement program of $10.033 billion. That amount assumes 100% participation and that 100% of eligible customers choose a buyback or lease termination.

The agreements covering the proposed 2.0L TDI settlement program are subject to the approval of Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, who presides over the federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL) proceedings related to the diesel matter.

Volkswagen also announced that it has agreed with the attorneys general of 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to resolve existing and potential state consumer protection claims related to the diesel matter for a total settlement amount of approximately $603 million.

“We take our commitment to make things right very seriously and believe these agreements are a significant step forward,” said Matthias Müller, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen AG. “We appreciate the constructive engagement of all the parties, and are very grateful to our customers for their continued patience as the settlement approval process moves ahead. We know that we still have a great deal of work to do to earn back the trust of the American people. We are focused on resolving the outstanding issues and building a better company that can shape the future of integrated, sustainable mobility for our customers.”
Three agreements have been submitted to the Court for its approval with respect to the proposed 2.0L TDI settlement program: (1) a Consent Decree filed with the Court by the DOJ on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and by the State of California by and through the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Attorney General; (2) a Consent Order submitted by the FTC; and (3) a proposed class settlement agreement with the PSC on behalf of a nationwide settlement class of current and certain former owners and lessees of eligible 2.0L TDI Volkswagen and Audi vehicles. The parties believe that the class settlement as presented to the Court will provide a fair and reasonable resolution for affected Volkswagen and Audi customers. Volkswagen continues to work expeditiously to reach an agreed resolution for affected vehicles with 3.0L TDI V-6 diesel engines.

On April 22, 2016, Volkswagen recognized total exceptional charges of €16.2 billion in its financial statements for 2015 for worldwide provisions related to technical modifications and repurchases, legal risks and other items as a result of the diesel matter. As noted at that time, due to the complexities and legal uncertainties associated with resolving the diesel matter, a future assessment of the risks may be different.

“Today’s announcement is within the scope of our provisions and other financial liabilities that we have already disclosed, and we are in a position to manage the consequences. It provides further clarity for our U.S. customers and dealers as well as for our shareholders. Settlements of this magnitude are clearly a very significant burden for our business. We will now focus on implementing our TOGETHER-Strategy 2025 and improving operational excellence across the Volkswagen Group,” said Frank Witter, Chief Financial Officer of Volkswagen AG.

The agreements announced today are not an admission of liability by Volkswagen. By their terms, they are not intended to apply to or affect Volkswagen’s obligations under the laws or regulations of any jurisdiction outside the United States. Regulations governing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions limits for vehicles in the United States are much stricter than those in other parts of the world and the engine variants also differ significantly. This makes the development of technical solutions in the United States more challenging than in Europe and other parts of the world, where implementation of an approved program to modify TDI vehicles to comply fully with UN/ECE and European emissions standards has already begun by agreement with the relevant authorities.

Proposed 2.0L TDI Settlements

Subject to Court approval of the proposed 2.0L TDI settlement program, Volkswagen has agreed, among other terms, to:

Buy back or terminate the leases of eligible vehicles, or provide free emissions modifications (if approved by the EPA and CARB), and also make cash payments to affected current and certain former owners and lessees.

  • Volkswagen will establish a single funding pool to cover the 2.0L TDI settlement program. The maximum funding amount will not exceed $10.033 billion and is dependent on how many customers participate in the program and which option they choose if proposed modifications are approved.
  • Customers can choose to sell back their vehicle to Volkswagen or terminate their lease without penalty, or, if a modification is approved, choose to have their vehicle modified free of charge and keep it. Customers who select any of these options will also receive a cash payment from Volkswagen.
  • An eligible vehicle’s value for a buyback will be determined based on the Clean Trade-In Value as published in the September 2015 edition of the NADA Used Car Guide, with adjustments for factory options and mileage.

Support the following environmental programs in the United States by agreement with the EPA and CARB:

  • Pay $2.7 billion over three years into an environmental trust, managed by a trustee appointed by the Court, to remediate excess nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from 2.0L TDI vehicles.
  • Invest $2.0 billion over 10 years in zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, access and awareness initiatives.

Volkswagen will begin the settlement program as soon as the Court grants final approval to the settlement agreements. At the earliest, approval will occur in the fall of 2016.

Potential claimants under the class settlement do not need to contact Volkswagen or Audi, or their dealers, at this time. Individual class members will receive extensive notification of their rights and options (including the option to “opt out” of the settlement agreement) if the Court grants preliminary approval of the proposed class settlement at a hearing scheduled to take place on July 26, 2016.
More information about the proposed 2.0L TDI settlement program, including the settlement agreements in full, can be found atwww.VWCourtSettlement.com orwww.AudiCourtSettlement.com.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Volkswagen in the United States

Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, employs more than 6,000 people in the United States and supports more than 1,000 dealer locations in all 50 states. Volkswagen has more than 60 years of history in the United States, where VWGoA maintains more than 30 U.S. locations including a LEED Platinum-certified manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The Chattanooga facility employs more than 2,500 people and supports suppliers who provide some 9,200 jobs. The facility produces the Volkswagen Passat and will launch production of a new, seven-passenger midsize SUV in late 2016. Volkswagen is investing $900 million to expand its U.S. manufacturing footprint through production of the new SUV as part of Volkswagen AG’s plan to invest more than $7 billion in North America from 2015 through 2019.

The Multi-District Litigation (MDL)

The case is known as In Re: Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL 15-2672, in United States District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco before Judge Charles R. Breyer.
The following 2.0-liter TDI engine vehicles are included in the proposed 2.0L TDI settlement program:

VW Beetle             VW Golf           VW Jetta            VW Passat                Audi A3

2013- 2015          2010-2015         2009-2015          2012-2015          2010-2013; 2015

The proposed 2.0L TDI class settlement was executed by Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC and Audi AG, which have agreed to cover claims administration costs as well as plaintiffs’ reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses. Volkswagen has agreed to the appointment by the Court of a Claims Supervisor who will review customer claims to confirm that the claims administration process is conducted in accordance with the FTC Consent Order.

After final approval of the class settlement, claims of class members who have not opted out of the class settlement will be dismissed.

Resolution with U.S. States

The separate agreements with U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico resolve existing and potential consumer protection claims under state statutes governing unfair and deceptive acts and practices (UDAP) in relation to more than 534,000 2.0L and 3.0L TDI vehicles originally sold or leased in the participating states and districts before September 18, 2015. They were executed by Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Audi of America, LLC, Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC and Audi AG, as well as Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Volkswagen will pay approximately $583 million to the signatories and $20 million to the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) for use by state attorneys general for consumer protection oversight, training and enforcement, and for the reimbursement of costs and expenses related to this matter. Participating states include California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. At this point, the signatories do not include Arizona, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Vermont and West Virginia, which have 30 days to join in the settlement.

Other Legal Matters

Volkswagen continues to work to resolve outstanding legal matters in the United States. These include civil claims by the DOJ, FTC and private plaintiffs represented by the PSC related to 3.0L TDI vehicles and various other putative class action claims, civil penalties sought by the EPA and potential state environmental claims, and any criminal investigations by the DOJ