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Τελικά το κόστος για τις αποζημιώσεις της Volkswagen στους πελάτες και τις αρχές των ΗΠΑ, δεν θα είναι 10 δισ. δολάρια, αλλά θα φτάσει στα 14,7 δισ. δολάρια, ύστερα από τη συμφωνία συμβιβασμού που επετεύχθη μεταξύ της γερμανικής αυτοκινητοβιομηχανίας και του αμερικανικού Δημοσίου.

Οι λεπτομέρειες του συμβιβασμού θα ανακοινωθούν εντός της ημέρας και αυτές προβλέπουν την επαναγορά των αυτοκινήτων που επηρεάζονται από το dieselgate, με τους ιδιοκτήτες των 499.000 αυτοκινήτων της VW και της Audi με 2.0 TDI κινητήρες, να μοιράζονται το ποσό των 10,03 δισ. δολαρίων, με κάθε ιδιοκτήτη να παίρνει αποζημίωση ύψους 5.000 έως 10.000 δολαρίων. Τα υπόλοιπα χρήματα θα πάνε στα ταμεία της EPA (Enivronmental Protection Agency) και του CARB (California Air Resources Board) ενώ τα 2 δισ. δολάρια θα χρησιμοποιηθούν στην έρευνα για την τεχνολογία καθαρισμού των εκπομπών.

Οι ιδιοκτήτες των οχημάτων θα έχουν προθεσμία έως το Δεκέμβριο του 2018 για να αποφασίσουν εάν θα επιστρέψουν ή όχι το αυτοκίνητό τους στη VW, ή αν επιλέξουν η εταιρία να επιδιορθώσει το όχημα τους δωρεάν, ενώ η εταιρεία απαγορεύεται να το πουλήσει ξανά.

Ανανέωση: Πλέον είναι επίσημο. Η VW ανακοίνωσε πως συμφώνησε με το Υπουργείο Δικαιοσύνης των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών, την Πολιτεία της Καλιφόρνια, την Ομοσπονδιακή Επιτροπή Εμπορίου των ΗΠΑ και την EPA, για το θέμα τους 2.0-λιτρους TDI κινητήρες που επηρεάζονται από το dieselgate.

Στους κατόχους των 499.000 αυτοκινήτων η VW θα πληρώσει αποζημιώσεις ύψους 10.033.000.000 δολαρίων, θα πληρώσει 603 εκατ. δολάρια σε 44 πολιτείες των Η.Π.Α. στο Πουέρτο Ρίκο και στη Περιφέρεια της Κολούμπια, για την επίλυση των υφιστάμενων και πιθανών αξιώσεων που σχετίζονται με το dieselgate. Επίσης η VW θα πληρώσει 2,7 δισ. δολάρια μέσα σε βάθος τριετίας σε EPA (Enivronmental Protection Agency) και CARB (California Air Resources Board) για την αποκατάσταση του περιβάλλοντος από το NOx που εξέπεμπαν τα αυτοκίνητά της, χρηματοδοτώντας έργα αποσκοπούν στη μείωση των εκπομπών NOx, ενώ ακόμη 2 δισ. δολάρια θα χρησιμοποιηθούν στην έρευνα για την τεχνολογία καθαρισμού των εκπομπών, μέσα σε βάθος 10ετίας, για την ανάπτυξη αυτοκινήτων με μηδενικές εκπομπές, για την δημιουργία υποδομών και άλλων τέτοιων πρωτοβουλιών.

H VW εκτός από τις αποζημιώσεις, δίνει δύο επιλογές στον ιδιοκτήτη κάθε αυτοκινήτου, ο οποίος είτε το έχει αγοράσει, είτε το έχει με leasing. Την επαναγορά του, ή να το φτιάξει δωρεάν. Η αξία του κάθε αυτοκινήτου για την επαναγορά, θα υπολογιστεί ανάλογα με το είδος, τον εξοπλισμό, την ηλικία και τα διανυθέντα χιλιόμετρα. Το πρόγραμμα θα ξεκινήσει από το φθινόπωρο, αφού πάρει την έγκριση από το δικαστήριο.

Οι ακόλουθοι πίνακες δείχνουν τα χρήματα που θα δώσει η VW για να αγοράσει πίσω τα αυτοκίνητα, τόσο τους ιδιοκτήτες, όσο και σε εκείνους που τα έχουν με leasing.

Ιδιοκτήτες

Model Year Model and Trim Buyback Approved Emissions Modification
2010 A3 TDI Premiuim $18,947 – $20,627 $5,647 – $5,927
A3 TDI Premium Plus $20,627 – $23,267 $5,927 – $6,367
2011 A3 TDI Premiuim $21,287 – $23,267 $6,037 – $6,367
A3 TDI Premium Plus $23,297 – $26,867 $6,372 – $6,967
2012 A3 TDI Premiuim $23,717 – $25,727 $6,442 – $6,777
A3 TDI Premium Plus $26,357 – $30,077 $6,882 – $7,502
2013 A3 TDI Premiuim $25,517 – $27,647 $6,742 – $7,097
A3 TDI Premium Plus $29,357 – $33,287 $7,382 – $8,037
2015 A3 TDI Premiuim $31,805 – $39,413 $7,790 – $9,058
A3 TDI Premium Plus $34,064 – $43,998 $8,166 – $9,822
A3 TDI Prestige $39,076 – $44,176 $9,002 – $9,852

Αγορά με leasing

Model Year Model and Trim Lessee Payment
2012 A3 TDI Premium $3,287 – $3,344
A3 TDI Premium Plus $3,534 – $3,782
2013 A3 TDI Premium $3,439 – $3,519
A3 TDI Premium Plus $3,729 – $4,052
2015 A3 TDI Premium $3,931 – $4,616
A3 TDI Premium Plus $4,122 – $4,955
A3 TDI Prestige $4,536 – $4,899

H VW και οι αρχές των Η.Π.Α συνεχίζουν να εργάζονται για να καταλήξουν σε μια λύση για τα περίπου 90.000 οχήματα που επηρεάζονται από το dieselgate και φορούν τον 3.0 TDI V6 κινητήρα.

Δελτίο Τύπου

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 at www.VWCourtSettlement.com or www.AudiCourtSettlement.com.