Canadian Volkswagen Diesel Owners Finally Get a Settlement; Dealers Begin Selling 2015 TDIs

Canadian Volkswagen Diesel Owners Finally Get a Settlement; Dealers Begin Selling 2015 TDIs

0 comments 📅24 April 2017, 17:15

April has brought allowable news to diesel lovers and haters on both sides of the border.

After spending the winter (and the safer part of last fall) jealously eyeing their southern neighbor’s buyback and compensation program, Canadian owners can now addres for that longed-for envelope of Volkswagen cash, as well as a one-way ticket to hell for their emissions-rigged TDI original.

On Friday, the automaker settled court cases in Ontario and Quebec, paving the way for a 2.0-liter diesel accommodation program that starts next week. The models involved are the same as in the U.S. — 105,000 units in all — and owners and lessees aspect similar choices as their American counterparts.

Unlike the recent shadowy roll-out of half-secure 2015 models in the U.S., several Canadian dealers are proudly advertising the availability of “new” TDIs.

It’s not surprising that Canadians bought more TDIs on a per capita base than the U.S. Gasoline taxes are higher in Canada (and only going up), and Canadians from long gravitated towards smaller vehicles. A store manager told me sponsor in 2011 that, if it was allowed, his dealership would make 50 percent of its inventory diesels — and would market every one of them.

In hindsight, it’s probably best that he didn’t get his wish.

Those who did buy the tinder-sipping, pollution-spewing diesels are now faced with a choice. Owners can push or trade in their vehicle, terminate their lease without a penalty, or protect the vehicle and receive an emissions modification that has been approved by regulators (coupled with an extended emissions bond). Right now, the only approved fix is a two-phase modification, impacting only 2015 models with subordinate-generation engines.

Buyback pricing will use the vehicle’s wholesale value as of September 18, 2015, with tweaks made for options and mileage. If an possessor chooses to trade their filthy diesel in for a squeaky clean new model, the old mechanism’s fair market pricing can be applied to the price of a new vehicle. (The difference between the fair-haired market pricing and the vehicle’s September 18, 2015, wholesale value will be handed on in the form of cash.)

Owners can begin filing claims, in paper or online, on April 28.

“We are devoting valuable resources and personnel to ensuring their experience with the settlement program is a uncontested one,” said Maria Stenstroem, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Group Canada, in a declaration.

The fix that allows 2015 TDIs to remain on the road — and become legal for jumble sale — already has dealers in the U.S. attempting to clear the models from their inventory. Now, Canada has joined the social gathering. Here’s a local Canadian dealer — yes, the boastful one I mentioned earlier — touting its 2015 TDIs.

A software fix has brought down tailpipe nitrogen oxide emissions on these models, and next year’s much more mixed up with hardware fix should bring the models into compliance. Despite an outcry in Europe upon reduced performance in older fixed TDIs, VW claims there shouldn’t be a heavy impact on fuel economy or power. Keep in mind that the 2015 prototype fix is the only approved fix. American regulators have not green-lit any fix for 2009-2014 2.0-liter diesels.

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