Η Volkswagen έχει συμφωνήσει να δώσει 14,7 δισ. δολάρια σε αποζημιώσεις στις ΗΠΑ λόγω του Dieselgate και πλέον η εταιρία συμφώνησε με τις αρχές του Καναδά να δώσει αποζημιώσεις ύψους 2,1 εκατομμυρίων δολαρίων Καναδά (1,51 δισ. ευρώ).
Στον Καναδά υπάρχουν περίπου 105.000 ιδιοκτήτες Volkswagen Jetta, Golf, Passat, Beetle και Audi A3 που διαθέτουν το παράνομο λογισμικό, με τον καθένα να παίρνει αποζημίωση που θα ξεκινά από τα 5.100 δολάρια και θα φτάνει έως τα 8.000 δολάρια. Η τελική έγκριση της συμφωνίας θα γίνει από το δικαστήριο τον Μάρτιο του 2017.
Επίσης, το Ομοσπονδιακό Γραφείο Ανταγωνισμού του Καναδά επέβαλε στην VW πρόστιμο ύψους 15 εκατομμύριον δολαρίων λόγω παραπλανητικών διαφημίσεων των αυτοκινήτων που επηρεάζονται από το Dieselgate , μιας και η γερμανική εταιρία είχε επιλέξει να διαφημίσει τα συγκεκριμένα μοντέλα ως “Clean Diesel” λέγοντας πως είχαν ίδιες ή μικρότερες εκπομπές από ένα αντίστοιχο βενζινοκίνητο μοντέλο.
Στην Ευρώπη, η επίτροπος Elzbieta Bienkowska προσπαθεί ώστε η VW να δώσει αποζημιώσεις και στους 8,5 εκατομμύρια ιδιοκτήτες των μοντέλων της που φέρουν το παράνομο λογισμικό στη Γηραιά Ήπειρο, αλλά η VW αποκλείει σχετικές αποζημιώσεις.
Στις σχετικές ειδήσεις η Bosch αναμένει να τις επιβληθεί πρόστιμο ύψους 300 εκατ. δολαρίων στις ΗΠΑ, μετά από μήνυση που έχει καταθέσει ομάδα ιδιοκτητών της VW, η οποία και υποστηρίζει πως η Bosch γνώριζε για το παράνομο λογισμικό της VW, συμμετέχοντας ενεργά στην ανάπτυξή του.
VOLKSWAGEN AND LAWYERS FOR CONSUMER CLASS ANNOUNCE SETTLEMENT IN CANADA ON 2.0L TDI DIESEL VEHICLES
• Proposed nationwide class settlement provides cash payments for approximately 105,000 2.0L TDI diesel vehicles in Canada.
• Many owners and lessees of these vehicles will also have choices that may include vehicle buyback; trade-in; emissions modification, if approved; and early lease termination.
Ajax, ON; Toronto, ON; Montréal, QC – December 19, 2016 – Volkswagen and Canadian class counsel announce they have agreed to resolve consumer claims in Canada related to the 2.0L TDI emissions matter for approximately 105,000 affected vehicles nationwide, subject to court approval. The proposed settlement provides for cash payments to eligible owners and lessees, and many of these settlement class members will also have choices that may include vehicle buybacks, trade-in, emissions modification (if approved by regulators) and early lease termination. The total value of the benefits is up to CAD $2.1 billion.
This result was reached by Volkswagen and Canadian class counsel in consultation with the Commissioner of Competition in Canada. Volkswagen Group Canada also has agreed with the Commissioner to resolve related civil consumer protection concerns with the agreed benefits in the proposed class settlement, as well as with a CAD $15 million civil administrative monetary penalty.
“Volkswagen’s primary goal has always been to ensure our Canadian customers are treated fairly, and we believe that this proposed resolution achieves this aim,” said Volkswagen Group Canada President and Chief Executive Officer, Maria Stenstroem. “We are working hard to earn back the trust of our customers, dealers and regulators, and today is an important step in that effort. We appreciate the engagement of the other parties to these agreements and thank our Canadian customers for their continued patience.”
Harvey T. Strosberg QC, one of the two lead class counsel in the national class action certified in Ontario said: “Our team of lawyers is delighted to deliver to the Settlement Class Members a just settlement, valued at up to $2.1 billion, without legal costs to them.”
Charles M. Wright, the other lead class counsel in the national class action certified in Ontario said: “Our clients were clearly looking for finality and choices, and we hope that through this agreement we have provided both.”
Sylvie De Bellefeuille, Legal Advisor at Option consommateurs, Representative Plaintiff for the Québec Settlement Class Members, said: “We are very pleased with this outcome. This is a great settlement for all Canadian consumers. Option consommateurs is proud to play a leadership role in large-scale class actions and consumer-related issues of national scope. We thank Belleau Lapointe, our lawyers in this class action, who have done an exceptional job for the benefit of all Canadian Settlement Class Members.”
Proposed 2.0L TDI Settlement Program in Canada
The proposed nationwide class settlement is subject to approval by two courts. Approval hearings will take place around the end of March 2017 before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto and the Superior Court of Québec in Montréal.
If approved, the 2.0L TDI settlement program in Canada will include:
• Cash payments to eligible owners and lessees of approximately 105,000 affected vehicles nationwide.
• Many of these eligible settlement class members can also choose to sell their vehicle to Volkswagen (the buyback option) or terminate their lease without penalty, or, if an emissions modification is approved, choose to keep their vehicle and have it modified at no charge and receive an extended emissions warranty.
• An eligible vehicle’s value for a buyback will be determined based on the Canadian Black Book® Inc. wholesale value as of September 18, 2015, with adjustments for factory options and mileage at the time of the buyback offer.
• Eligible owners can also choose to trade in their vehicle and apply its fair market value at that time towards the purchase of a new or used Volkswagen or Audi vehicle. In addition, they will receive payment of any amount by which their vehicle’s wholesale value as of September 18, 2015 exceeds its fair market value at the time of the trade-in. The proposed settlement agreement and Court-approved notices summarizing its terms can be found at www.VWCanadaSettlement.ca. Starting on or around January 4, 2017, the Courtapproved notices will be published in newspapers and online media and sent to settlement class members.
Settlement class members may begin to take steps to determine their eligibility for benefits by visiting the Check My Eligibility and Vehicle Look-Up sections at www.VWCanadaSettlement.ca, or by calling 1-888-670-4773 for assistance with these steps. Settlement class members will need their vehicle identification number. Instructions on where to find this information are available online.
Eligible settlement class members who wish to make a claim for benefits under the settlement do not need to take any action at this time. The period to submit a claim will not begin until after the proposed settlement receives approval by the Courts.
More detailed information about the options settlement class members may have, including the choice to “opt out” of or “object” to the settlement by March 4, 2017, is available at www.VWCanadaSettlement.ca.
Notes to Editors: The following 2.0L TDI engine vehicles are included in the proposed 2.0L TDI settlement program in Canada:
VW Jetta 2009-2015
VW Jetta Wagon 2009
VW Golf 2010-2013, 2015
VW Passat 2012-2015
VW Beetle 2013-2015
VW Golf Wagon 2010-2014
VW Golf Sportwagon 2015
Audi A3 2010-2013, 2015
Class settlement benefits of up to CAD $2.1 billion assumes that 100% of eligible settlement class members participate in the settlement program, and that 100% of the participants eligible for the buyback option choose that option. Amounts for legal fees and expenses of class counsel that are approved by the Courts will be paid by Volkswagen and will not reduce the benefits to eligible settlement class members. The agreements described here do not apply to owners or lessees of 3.0L TDI V6 vehicles. Proposed class actions that are under way will continue on their behalf. The class settlement and agreement with the Commissioner of Competition 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 Canada. Emission regulations and vehicle standards vary from country to country. Regulations governing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions limits for vehicles in Canada are stricter than those in other parts of the world and diesel engine variants also differ significantly.
Volkswagen and Audi to pay up to $2.1 billion to consumers and $15 million penalty for environmental marketing claims
December 19, 2016 — OTTAWA, ON — Competition Bureau
The Competition Bureau participated in a proposed Canadian class action settlement agreement that Volkswagen reached with consumers of certain 2.0 litre diesel vehicles. This settlement, if approved by the courts, will provide buyback and restitution payments to those consumers totalling up to $2.1 billion — one of the largest consumer settlements in Canadian history.
The result of this settlement was a determining factor in the Bureau reaching a consent agreement with Volkswagen Group Canada Inc. and Audi Canada Inc. (Volkswagen Canada and Audi Canada) that provides for an additional monetary penalty of $15 million.
The consent agreement, which is registered with the Competition Tribunal and has the force of a court order, was negotiated to address the Bureau’s conclusions that false or misleading environmental marketing claims were used to promote certain vehicles with 2.0 litre diesel engines.
The Bureau’s investigation found that Volkswagen Canada and Audi Canada misled consumers by promoting vehicles sold or leased in Canada as having clean diesel engines with reduced emissions that were cleaner than an equivalent gasoline engine sold in Canada.
The vehicles passed applicable emissions tests because software was installed that altered the operation of the vehicle during testing which appeared to have the effect of reducing emissions in testing.
Approximately 105,000 vehicles in Canada were affected.
The current agreement does not resolve the Bureau’s ongoing inquiry with respect to vehicles equipped with certain 3.0 litre diesel engines.
For more information on how the settlement will work, please consult the backgrounder.
Consumers can contact the claims administrator for the proposed class action settlement directly to inquire about their eligibility for benefits by visiting www.VWCanadaSettlement.ca or by calling 1‑888‑670‑4773. Quote
“Consumers expect and deserve truth in advertising, particularly when it relates to such a significant investment. We are pleased that Canadians will now begin to receive compensation and that Volkswagen Canada and Audi Canada will address the impact this matter has had on the marketplace. The Bureau works to ensure that Canadians can trust advertising claims made by businesses and can be confident in their purchasing decisions.”
John Pecman Commissioner of Competition