Despite being pressured by the European Union's industry commissioner, Volkswagen has announced owners of affected TDI-powered cars in Europe will not receive any form of compensation.

Despite being pressured by the European Union's industry commissioner, Volkswagen has announced owners of affected TDI-powered cars in Europe will not receive any form of compensation.

Last week, EU industry commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska contacted VW CEO Matthias Mueller and presented a list of demands. One of the requests referred to some form of compensation for Euro owners that have cars powered by EA189 engines. However, that won’t happen as VW reiterated Europeans will not be compensated for the Dieselgate ordeal.

It’s not really fair taking into account Volkswagen of America is giving a “Goodwill Package” in United States that 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. While in US there are around 482,000 cars affected, in Europe there are 8.5 million vehicles, so the financial impact would be tremendous if VW were to decide to provide compensation to owners from the old continent.

VW mentions a US buyer is entitled to compensation because he bought a car that was advertised as having a “Clean Diesel” engine. However, let’s not forget VW uses the term “BlueMotion” in Europe which to some extent is basically the same thing since it refers to economical and clean engines, both diesel and gasoline.

In a statement made a few days ago, VW said “we are concentrating in Europe on the repair and service process”, without saying a word about any potential compensation for affected owners. The European Commission is insisting VW should provide compensation in Europe since it’s basically the same form of deceit as in United States.

Source: europe.autonews.com

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