Volkswagen and Canadian class counsel have reached a nationwide proposed class settlement regarding approximately 20,000 affected 3.0L diesel vehicles. If approved, the 3.0L settlement program in Canada will include the following benefits:
• Cash payments to owners and lessees of model year 2013-2016 Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche 3.0L diesel vehicles (so-called Generation Two vehicles) who receive the recall for an emissions repair to bring their vehicle into full compliance with originally certified emissions standards, as well as an extended warranty. • Cash payments to owners and lessees of model year 2009-2012 Volkswagen and Audi 3.0L diesel vehicles (so-called Generation One vehicles), as well as additional options that include buyback, trade-in, early lease termination or, if approved by the U.S. EPA and available by recall in Canada, a modification to reduce emissions. • Cash payments for certain owners and lessees who no longer own or lease their Generation One or Generation Two 3.0L diesel vehicle.
The proposed nationwide 3.0L settlement is subject to approval by both the Ontario and Québec courts. Approval hearings will take place in April 2018 before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto and the Superior Court of Québec in Montreal.
Current and former owners and lessees who wish to make a claim for benefits under the 3.0L 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.
However, owners and lessees in possession of a Generation Two (model year 2013-2016) vehicle do not need to wait to receive the emissions repair that has already been approved by the U.S. EPA. Notice is being provided when recalls for those repairs launch in Canada and are available at authorized Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche dealerships. Owners and lessees who choose to receive this emissions repair before the 3.0L claims program begins will not lose any right to an eligible cash payment under the proposed settlement.
On November 2, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a notice of violation regarding our 3.0L V6 TDI engines. The notice indicated that emissions control devices were not sufficiently described and explained in our applications for regulatory approval. Audi has worked directly with EPA on this and has committed to document the emissions devices in detail and resubmit the revised applications.
The proposed settlement agreement applies to all 3.0L diesel vehicles that Volkswagen, Audi or Porsche marketed or sold in Canada for Model Years 2009 through 2016. The Audi vehicles are divided into two generations, as follows:
Generation 1 Vehicles: • 2009-2012 Audi Q7 models
Generation 2 Vehicles: • 2013-2015 Audi Q7 models • 2014-2016 Audi A6, A7, A8, A8L, Q5 models
Yes. Audi AG has issued a stop-sale on 3.0L V6 TDI engines. This includes: • 2009 Model Year, Audi Q7 CPO vehicles equipped with a 3.0L V6 TDI engine • 2010 Model Year, Audi Q7 CPO vehicles equipped with a 3.0L V6 TDI engine • 2011 Model Year, Audi Q7 CPO vehicles equipped with a 3.0L V6 TDI engine • 2012 Model Year, Audi Q7 CPO vehicles equipped with a 3.0L V6 TDI engine • 2013 Model Year, Audi Q7 CPO vehicles equipped with a 3.0L V6 TDI engine • 2014 Model Year Audi A6, Audi A7, Audi A8, Audi A8 L, Audi Q5, and Audi Q7 CPO vehicles equipped with a 3.0L V6 TDI engine • 2015 Model Year Audi A6, Audi A7, Audi A8, Audi A8 L, Audi Q5, and Audi Q7 new and CPO vehicles equipped with a 3.0L V6 TDI engine • 2016 Model Year Audi A6, Audi A7, Audi A8, and Audi Q5 new and CPO vehicles equipped with a 3.0L V6 TDI engine
Volkswagen Group has received approval from U.S. regulators, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for Emissions Compliant Repairs (ECRs) for 3.0L V6 TDI SUVs with Generation 2.1 engines and Generation 2 3.0L V6 TDI Passenger Cars. The SUVs include the Audi Q7 (Model Years 2013 – 2015) and the Passenger Cars include the Audi A6, A7, A8, A8 L and Q5 (all Model Years 2014 – 2016).
The ECR for Generation 2.1 SUVs requires both software and hardware updates, which will take approximately three hours to complete. The recall for this repair is available at authorized dealerships for the Audi Q7 (Model Years 2013 – 2015), and affected owners and lessees are being notified by mail.
The ECR for Generation 2 Passenger Cars requires both software and hardware updates, which will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete. In keeping with the standard recall practice in Canada, a regulatory notice process must take place before this EPA-approved ECR can be implemented in vehicles here. We are working through that process now.
Volkswagen Group has submitted proposed emissions modifications for 3.0L V6 TDI vehicles with Generation 1 engines to U.S. regulators and is working to secure approval as quickly as possible.
In the U.S., Volkswagen has reached settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California Air Resources Board (CARB), California Attorney General, Federal Trade Commission and current 3.0-liter vehicle owners/lessees and certain former owners/lessees.
The agreement applies to the U.S. market only. Under the 3.0L V6 TDI settlement program, Volkswagen has agreed to provide cash payments to all eligible members of the class as well as the following:
• A recall of affected 2013-2016 Model Year Volkswagen and Audi 3.0L V6 TDI vehicles with Generation 2 engines to bring them into compliance with the U.S. emissions standards to which they were originally certified. • A buyback or lease termination of affected 2009-2012 Model Year Volkswagen and Audi 3.0L V6 TDI vehicles with Generation 1 engines or, if approved by U.S. environmental regulators, modification to substantially reduce the vehicles’ nitrogen oxide (NOₓ) emissions so as to allow eligible owners and lessees to keep them.