The campaign could start as early as next spring, and owners participating in the buyback receive extra money in addition to the value of their vehicle.

Volkswagen Group will spend 2.1 billion Canadian dollars ($1.6 billion USD at current exchange rates) in a buyback campaign for 105,000 vehicles with the company’s 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder engine in the country. In addition, the company will pay 15 million CAD ($11.2 million USD) as a civil penalty. In total, this amounts to one of the largest ever settlements by a corporation in Canada.

Canada’s Competition Bureau found that “Volkswagen Canada and Audi Canada misled consumers” by marketing vehicles with “clean diesel engines with reduced emissions that were cleaner than an equivalent gasoline engine sold in Canada.” The models could only pass emissions tests because of software for cheating on the evaluation.

The buyback and repair campaign will cover the following TDI-equipped vehicles in Canada:

2009-2015 VW Jetta

2009 VW Jetta Wagon

2010-2013, 2015 VW Golf

2012-2015 VW Passat

2013-2015 VW Beetle

2010-2014 VW Golf Wagon

2015 VW Golf SportWagen

2010-2013, 2015 Audi A3

Owners and lessees have the choice of participating in the vehicle buyback or fixing their vehicle – once Canadian authorities approve the company’s repair. Customers will potentially get 5,100 to 8,000 CAD ($3,800 USD to $6,000 USD) cash in addition to the value of the vehicle, according to Reuters. Early lease terminations will also be an option. However, Canadian owners won’t receive any money from a buyback until later next year because two courts will need to approve the settlement first, which will happen around the end of March.

Volkswagen Jetta TDI


VW Canada already has a Website
where people can check to see if their vehicle is eligible for the campaign. The page also answers frequently asked questions about how the process works. The authorities will determine a vehicle’s buyback amount based on the Canadian Black Book value as of September 18, 2015, and they will include additional adjustments for factory options and mileage.

Like in the United States, Canadian authorities are still working with VW Group on a settlement for owners of vehicles with the 3.0-liter V6 TDI. A buyback for some them in the U.S. would allegedly cost $200 million, but the campaign is not official yet.

Source: Government of Canada, Volkswagen Group, Reuters

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