VW waives its appeal in cases in courts in Arnsberg and Bayreuth, so will compensate owners’ affected cars

Volkswagen will buy back some cars in Germany affected by the Dieselgate emissions scandal, after waiving its right to appeal against the decision of the courts in Arnsberg and Bayreuth. 

The company’s stance for non-US customers has always been that it would not be offering compensation, due to different laws in the two areas. 

It will maintain this stance and has penned the cases as exceptions due to the low values of the implicated cars, and does not expect it to be the start of a domino-effect of buybacks across Europe, reports Reuters.

The consumers’ winning cases in Arnsberg and Bayreuth, in west and south-east Germany respectively, were represented by the Düsseldorf law firm Rogert & Ulbrich. 

Two consumer groups (from the UK and the Netherlands respectively) that are calling for compensation for Volkswagen owners recently united, forming one group of 140,000 owners. Although these are unrelated, the German case is likely to spur remaining consumer groups’ actions against Volkswagen. 

We are awaiting a response from Volkswagen and Rogert & Ulbrich on the matter.

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23 June 2017
Volkswagen admitted the ugly truth staring in its face. They saved billions of pounds using the cheat devices. Now time has come to cough it up.

23 June 2017
Volkswagen stated that it wouldn't offer compensation to non-US customers. Now it is buying cars back from customers.

When I was involved in making a decision to buy a brand new Volkswagen, I specifically looked at the EU test result air pollution figures for different models, different engines and different numbers of car doors (3 door versions and 5 door versions - there can be a difference in fuel economy and air pollution emitted).

If Volkswagen has deceived their customers then the customers should be entitled to compensation.

If I had known that the Volkswagen's actual EU test result for air pollution was much higher than stated then I would have considered buying a different make/model of car.

24 June 2017
If your buying back some Cars you should buy back ALL Cars effected regardless of age,I would be miffed if my Car failed by a Day or so.

Peter Cavellini.

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