Update: Settlement Approval Hearings on March 22nd and 31st
Please note the latest information for the locations of the Settlement approval hearings:
Additional updates will be provided closer to the dates of the hearings, including confirmation of the address for the hearing in Toronto and the start time for both hearings. This information will be posted on this website and available by calling the Canadian Settlement Claims Centre at 1-888-670-4773.
On March 22, the Superior Court of Québec held a hearing for the approval of the nationwide Settlement Agreement in Canada as it applies to resolving consumer claims in Québec related to the 2.0L TDI emissions matter. The Court’s decision is pending in order to consider information from the hearing and prepare its written order.
The second hearing for approval to resolve consumer claims related to the 2.0L TDI emissions matter in the rest of Canada will take place on March 31st before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
Both the Québec and Ontario Courts must issue written orders approving the Settlement Agreement before it can take effect. Updates will be provided as soon as available.
If you wish to make a claim for benefits, you do not need to take any action at this time. If both Courts approve the Settlement Agreement, the period to submit a claim will begin on a date to be announced and additional details will be provided regarding the claims process.
Update: Canadian Black Book® Inc. (CBB) Vehicle Value Estimator
To obtain an estimate of your “Vehicle Value” based on CBB’s used vehicle wholesale values as of September 18, 2015, you can access CBB’s Vehicle Value Estimator here and enter your vehicle identification number (VIN), current odometer mileage and province/territory of vehicle registration.
The Vehicle Value Estimator will be available until the claims process begins to provide an additional point of information to those owners who believe they may be eligible to choose a Buyback or Trade-In under the Settlement (subject to its court approval).
Only VINs for 2.0-Litre Volkswagen and Audi TDI vehicles that were originally sold as new in Canada and not under lease from VW Credit Canada, Inc. as of September 18, 2015 may be searched. The inclusion of your vehicle does not mean that you are eligible for the Settlement or for the Buyback and Trade-In. Please keep in mind that the Vehicle Value Estimator’s valuations are presented as an estimate for informational purposes only and do not constitute a claim or offer for benefits under the Settlement. If you are eligible and submit a claim when the claims process is in place, you will receive your Vehicle Value from the court-appointed Claims Administrator with your offer for a Buyback or Trade-In.
The Vehicle Value you receive from the Claims Administrator may differ from the estimate provided by the Vehicle Value Estimator. This is because of factors such as the mileage of your vehicle at the time of your Buyback or Trade-In offer, which will establish the applicable CBB mileage category for determining your vehicle’s September 18, 2015 wholesale value. The Settlement Agreement should be consulted for full details and will govern in all cases. The Vehicle Value Estimator provides amounts in Canadian dollars.
MY15 2.0L TDI Approved Emissions Modification Update:
An Approved Emissions Modification is now available in Canada for 2.0-Litre TDI Model Year 2015 Audi A3 and Volkswagen Beetle, Golf, Golf Sportwagon, Jetta and Passat vehicles. For more information on the Approved Emissions Modification, please click here. Volkswagen Group continues to work on an emissions modification for model year 2014 and earlier 2.0L TDI vehicles.
Volkswagen has reached a Settlement in Canada involving 2.0-litre Volkswagen and Audi TDI vehicles with current owners and certain former owners and lessees (as described below). This Settlement was reached following negotiations between Volkswagen and class action lawyers for the owners and lessees, in consultation with the Commissioner of Competition in Canada. The Courts will approve amounts for legal fees and expenses to the class action lawyers. Those amounts will be paid separately and will not reduce the Settlement benefits.
If the Settlement receives court approval, Volkswagen has agreed to offer in Canada the following benefits to eligible owners and lessees:
If you purchased your vehicle on or before September 18, 2015 and are the current owner, you may be eligible to choose:
Buyback OR Trade-In of your vehicle AND Cash Payment,
If you purchased your vehicle after September 18, 2015 and are the current owner, you may be eligible to choose:
If you owned your vehicle on September 18, 2015 and no longer own the vehicle, you may be eligible for a Cash Payment.
If you were leasing your vehicle from VW Credit Canada, Inc. (also known as Audi Finance and Volkswagen Finance) on September 18, 2015 and you remain in your lease, you may be eligible to choose:
Early Lease Termination AND Cash Payment.
Approved Emissions Modification. Keep your vehicle AND receive an extended emissions warranty AND Cash Payment. This option is only available if a modification is approved by regulators.
If you were leasing your vehicle from VW Credit Canada, Inc. (also known as Audi Finance or Volkswagen Finance) on September 18, 2015 and your lease has since ended, you may be eligible for a Cash Payment. In the event that you buy out your leased vehicle at lease-end, you may be eligible to choose:
The Settlement must be approved by Courts in Ontario and Québec to become effective. Hearings to consider whether to approve the Settlement will take place around the end of March 2017. The dates, times and locations of these hearings will be posted once confirmed by the Courts.
If the Settlement is approved, additional details will be provided regarding when claims can be submitted.
Pre-Approval court hearings
Start date for publishing and sending court-approved notices summarizing the Settlement to settlement class members
Opt-out and objection deadline
Settlement approval court hearing (Québec)
Settlement approval court hearing (Ontario)
Anticipated roll out of Settlement program (pending approval by the Courts)