The Volkswagen Group has announced European owners of affected TDI cars will not receive compensations.

The Volkswagen Group has announced European owners of affected TDI cars will not receive compensations.

A couple of weeks ago, Volkswagen of America revealed the “Goodwill Package” tailored to US owners of affected TDI cars. It contains a $500 prepaid Visa gift card, a $500 gift card to be used at any VW dealership, and three years of 24-hour road assistance. If affected Euro owners were hoping to get a similar deal, Volkswagen says that won’t happen.

In an interview with Automotive News Europe, a company spokesman clearly said that “financial compensation will exclusively be offered to customers in the U.S. and Canada.” Volkswagen does promise it will try to take the necessary measures to make sure Euro owners will be inconvenienced as little as possible and will pay all of their the CO2 tax differences.

While in United States there are around 482,000 affected owners, on the old continent there are no less than 8.5 million cars equipped with rigged TDI engines. Volkswagen explains that only US customers will get the aforementioned “Goodwill Package” because they bought a car advertised as a “Clean Diesel.” In addition, VW specifies these clients purchased a vehicle equipped with an engine belonging in a niche market compared to Europe where more than 50% of new cars sold are diesels.

Volkswagen mentions it has developed a fix for the 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI EA189 engines and will soon have ready a software tweak for the remaining 1.2 TDI also part of the EA189 family.

Source: Volkswagen via europe.autonews.com

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