11 November 2015
Volkswagen Warns of Delay in Engine Fix
Volkswagen warns of a delay in the fix for diesel engines, offers goodwill payments in the US and admits further CO2 emissions rigging.
Paul Willis, managing director of Volkswagen's UK divisions, warned remedial action on cars with 1.6-litre EA189 engines will only begin from the end of September 2016 meaning some VW customers will have to wait for at least another 10 months for the work to commence on their vehicles.
Mr Willis wrote to Louise Ellman, chair of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee, to outline the timetable for fixing affected vehicles.
The initial recall was announced to be in January 2016 but Mr Willis said Volkswagen hopes to begin work on vehicles with 2.0-litre engines on 29 February 2016, 1.2-litre engines on 30 May 2016 and 1.6-litre engines on 26 September 2016.
Goodwill Payments in USA
The US arm of the VW Group has apparently begun handing out payments of up to $1,250 per affected car owner as gestures of goodwill if reports in the media are to be believed.
The payments are thought to be in the form of up to $500 cash gift cards and another $500 - $750 in VW gift vouchers. Some owners of cars more than three years old have also been offered free roadside assistance cover as the German car giant looks to win back trust of its customers.
Further allegations of VW understating levels of fuel consumption along with the recent allegation of cheating in relation to CO2 emission levels have done little in recent days to calm the anger of VW owners.
The German newspaper Bild am Sonntag has claimed that VW engineers have admitted manipulating CO2 emissions data due to difficult emissions targets set by former chief executive Marin Winterkorn. The paper said the VW engineers tampered with tyre pressure and mixed diesel with their motor oil to make the cars use less fuel.
Claiming Compensation from Volkswagen
Slater and Gordon are still investigating the possibility of a group action claim against Volkswagen to compensate VW owners. If you are interested in claiming compensation from Volkswagen please register your details on our VW Emissions Scandal Investigation page.
Jacqueline Young is Head of Group Litigation at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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