VW offers $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers to diesel-car owners

VW offers $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers to diesel-car owners

In a move which beleaguered German automaker Volkswagen AG (VW) has described as a “goodwill gesture,” the automaker is offering $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers to the owners of its small diesel-powered vehicles hit by the emissions-cheating scandal.

After having acknowledged, a few weeks back, that it had rigged its small diesel-powered vehicles -- equipped with 2.0-liter engines -- to enable them to pass US pollution tests, VW said on Monday that nearly 482,000 affected owners of diesel cars in the US will be given $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers.

Sharing details about its “goodwill gesture” to owners of affected diesel cars, VW said that it is offering the owners $500 on a prepaid Visa card, as well as $500 in dealership credits. In addition, the affected owners will also get three years of free roadside assistance.

In reference to VW’s “goodwill gesture” to the affected diesel car owners, VW US Chief Executive Michael Horn said in a statement that the automaker is “working tirelessly to develop an approved remedy for affected vehicles;” and added: "In the meantime we are providing this goodwill package as a first step towards regaining our customers' trust."

The affected VW diesel-car owners who want to sign up for the loyalty program can verify their eligibility by visiting the www.vwdieselinfo.com website. Once the owners are registered, they will be mailed a ‘goodwill package’ within a month. On receiving the package, they can pick up payment cards at an authorized dealer.

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