The site, The Truth About Cars, is alleged to announce that Volkswagen would be offering cash rewards of up to $500 to customers and a total of up to $1,250 to some category of customers who have bought vehicles that were said to have illegal software which cheats on emission tests.
The said amount is allegedly earmarked for US customers – but Volkswagen officials would neither confirm nor deny this information. Customers who have bought diesel vehicles are eligible for the said cash rewards.
The Germany-based vehicle maker admitted in September that the diesel vehicles were programmed to cheat on emission tests. With the illegal software, the vehicle detects that a testing for emission is going on and then automatically switches on emissions controls. But as soon as the car is on the roads, it emits up to 40 times the nitrogen oxide level it is allowed to emit – constituting pollutants that are harmful to the lungs.
Volkswagen said it would rectify the issue so that emissions levels are adhered to, but the fact remains that the auto company has not disclosed how it is going to effect corrections, and then such repairs would be complicated and even costly.
A few auto dealers agreed that they are aware of something going on at the company, but they cannot really say.
Affected cars that have the illegal software are Golf, Jetta, Beetle, Audi A3, and Passat sold since the 2009 model. These are all cars using diesel, and their petrol counterparts are not affected.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed sometimes ago that larger Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen diesel vehicles possess the illegal software. But Volkswagen insists that the software was not installed in the vehicles to make emission test cheating possible, and that this class of vehicles would not be eligible for cash compensations.
Meanwhile, the vehicle company has suffered a dent in its auto image, and it is trying to clear this up by offering cash rewards to existing car owners that would buy a new car or lease it, with larger discounts going to all buyers.