Volkswagen has yet to announce a fix for the millions of diesel vehicles that it’s put on the road that pollute up to 40 times the amount allowed by law, but the automaker is already trying to give something back to the diesel car owners. Volkswagen is launching a new “2.0L TDI Goodwill Program” that will give diesel drivers some cash back in the form of $500 prepaid Visa debit cards, a $500 dealership credit and 3 years of free roadside assistance. “We sincerely hope you see this as a first step toward restoring your invaluable trust,” the company said.
How will owners get the prepaid cards? A Volkswagen Diesel Information site lists the Goodwill Package and owners can register for the package by entering in their vehicle identification numbers (VINs). Once you complete all the prompts and the automaker verifies that your vehicle is part of the emissions issue, Volkswagen confirms that you will receive two gift cards: a Loyalty card and a Dealership card.
Right now it looks like the TDI Goodwill Program will only apply to vehicles powered by the 2.0L TDI four-cylinder engine, but it’s unclear if the automaker’s V6 diesel engines will soon be part of the program. As of right now, Volkswagen says that it does not have an “defeat” devices on its V6 engines, but Porsche has already placed a hold on any future sales of its Cayenne Diesel.
The TDI Goodwill Program may not be the only incentive that owners receive, since it’s likely that several lawsuits could happen in the future. Also Volkswagen has promised to give incentives to dealers that have unsellable TDI vehicles sitting on their lots. Once the whole thing is over, the diesel scandal could cost the automaker over $50 billion.
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