DriveSpark had earlier reported that Volkswagen may offer cash to customers as goodwill, for rigging its diesel engines with a software that cheats emission tests. Now, the German carmaker has confirmed that people with affected cars will receive gift cards worth USD 1,000 (Rs. 66,085).
Customers in the United States are eligible for this gift card, if their vehicle qualifies as an ‘affected' vehicle. The customers can check on the company's website by entering the car's identification number.
The Diesel Gate Scandal affected around 5 lakh diesel vehicles in the US alone, and worldwide, around 11 million vehicles are affected. The affected vehicles include Audis, Skoda, and SEAT. All these vehicles are fitted with the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engines.
Also, a new research conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) showed that Porsches were affected too. The Porsche Cayenne diesel with the V6 engines also polluted higher than permissible limits.
Porsche issued a stop sale notice immediately after the news became public and tests were done in real world conditions, away from laboratories.
So coming back to the goodwill cash cards, Volkswagen is issuing the cards under the headline "We're Working to Make Things Right", after many customers around the world have been mislead, or rather lied to. So will the cash cards work? Feel free to share your thoughts as well.