Beginning January 4, 2017, court-approved notice of the proposed nationwide Volkswagen/Audi 2.0-Litre TDI (Diesel) Emissions Class Action Settlement in Canada will be published and distributed. As part of this process, owners and lessees may receive the notice in the mail or by email. This notice will not be sent from a Volkswagen or Audi mailing or email address. It is being provided by the court-appointed administrator for the settlement, RicePoint Administration Inc., and is a legitimate notice. The same notice is available at this link. Additional information about the settlement is also available here and on this website.
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)