On April 25, 2018, Volkswagen and Canadian class counsel announced that the Québec and Ontario Courts have granted approval of the nationwide class settlement to resolve consumer claims in Canada regarding approximately 20,000 affected 3.0L diesel vehicles. The 3.0L settlement program in Canada includes the following benefits:
• Cash payments to approximately 15,000 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 emissions warranty. • Cash payments to approximately 5,000 owners and lessees of model year 2009-2012 Volkswagen and Audi 3.0L diesel vehicles (so-called Generation One vehicles). • Eligible owners and lessees of Generation One vehicles can choose to sell their vehicle to Volkswagen (the buyback option) or terminate their lease without penalty, or, if a modification to reduce emissions is approved by the U.S. EPA and available by recall in Canada, choose to keep their vehicle and have it modified at no charge and receive an extended emissions warranty. • Eligible owners can also choose to trade in their Generation One vehicle and receive a trade-in credit towards the purchase of a new or used Volkswagen or Audi vehicle from a Volkswagen or Audi dealership in Canada.
We will begin the 3.0L program on May 8, 2018, at which point Canadian Settlement Class Members and U.S. customers with affected 3.0L diesel vehicles that were first sold or leased in Canada may submit claims for benefits under the settlement by way of an online portal or paper claim form, both of which are available at www.VWCanadaSettlement.ca.
As their claims are approved, claimants will, where applicable, be able to schedule appointments with their preferred Volkswagen, Audi or Porsche dealership in Canada or, in some cases, in the U.S., to complete their settlement transactions. More detailed information about the options available to Settlement Class Members is available at:
What is the issue with Audi’s 3.0L V6 TDI engines?
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.
Which Audi vehicles are covered by this settlement agreement?
The 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
Is an approved emissions modification available for my car?
U.S. regulators, including the EPA, have approved an emissions repair for all Generation 2 3.0L diesel vehicles. Customers may now schedule an appointment at their preferred dealership in Canada to receive this repair for the Audi Q7 (model years 2013-2015) and Audi A6, A7, A8, A8L and Q5 (model years 2014-2016) 3.0L diesel vehicles.
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).
The ECR for Generation 2 Passenger Cars requires both software and hardware updates, which will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete. The recall for this repair is available at authorized dealerships for the Audi A6, A7, A8, A8L and Q5 (model years 2014-2016).
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.
What is the latest regarding the 3.0L TDI issue in the United States?
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.