Volkswagen settles with US authorities about the Dieselgate to buy back 500,000 diesel cars

The Dieselgate has apparently come to an end. At least in the USA. The German carmaker has announced it has reached an agreement to solve the problem with US authorities, but has not detailed it. Reuters has done so: Volkswagen will offer to buy back all vehicles involved in the cheating scandal.

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If you do not remember what the Dieselgate is about, Volkswagen has sold since 2009 units of Jetta, Golf and the Audi A3 with the 2.0 turbodiesel engine EA288. In 2014, researchers from the West Virginia University found out that the NOx emissions of these cars was 40 times higher than they should be. Pressed by the US government, Volkswagen revealed it had a cheating software that detected when the car was under the test parameters of EPA (Environment Protection Agency). In such conditions, the engine would lower its power and comply with environmental regulations. Back to normal use, it would emit 40 times more NOx than it was allowed.

NOx is related to serious pulmonary diseases. It was expected that the cars could be fixed, but the fix has not been approved by US authorities so far, according to Reuters. And it probably implies in power losses. In other words, people may get a turbodiesel car that performs much worse than before the fix. This is why buyers will also have the option to resell their cars, for the price they had before the emission scandal erupted, plus a financial compensation for damages, of about US$ 5,000. They will have 2 years to decide. We doubt anyone will stick with the faulty cars.

The agreement covers only cars sold in the USA. About 11 million have been affected by the emission scandal all over the world.

 

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.