Anderson Economic Group is uniquely qualified to assist parties affected by the Volkswagen crisis. We have worked with those in the automotive industry and their attorneys across the U.S., including those representing virtually all major automotive brands. We are also active members of the National Association of Dealer Counsel (NADC).
Background on the Volkswagen Crisis
In fall of 2015, Volkswagen Group admitted to equipping certain diesel-engine vehicles with a “defeat device,” which cheats government mandated emissions tests and shows compliance for otherwise non-compliant NOx vehicle emissions. About 11 million vehicles worldwide—nearly 500,000 in the U.S., alone—are equipped with the device. News that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued two Notices of Violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen Group shocked the automobile industry.
As of September 14, 2016, VW and U.S. authorities reached an agreement concerning its affected 2.0L diesel vehicles. This agreement received court approval in October 2016, and included offering affected customers multiple compensatory options, including VW buying back the vehicle, canceling a lease, or fixing the vehicle. The deal also included further monetary compensation to affected owners and established a fund to help offset the environmental damage caused by the affected vehicles and to promote the use of zero emission vehicles.
VW reached a deal regarding their 3.0L diesel vehicles in December 2016. This deal included buybacks for older models, and fixes plus cash payouts for newer models. VW also offered to terminate leases for older models, and for the newer models if VW cannot fix them in a timely manner. This deal also included further contributions by VW into the environmental remediation trust and for the promotion of zero emission vehicles, similar to the agreement for 2.0L vehicles. VW reached further settlement agreements with the FTC and private complainants in early 2017.
VW has also agreed to pay its U.S. dealers as part of its settlement, and to suspend required capital improvements to dealerships for two years.
This scandal has not only affected Volkswagen Group, but has also significantly affected Volkswagen dealerships; Volkswagen customers; other manufacturers, including those who do business with Volkswagen and those that do not; and regulatory authorities, particularly the EPA.
AEG Advice to Affected Parties
- Do not jump to conclusions yet about the scope of the scandal, the remedy for the affected parties, or the way in which affected parties might be treated by Volkswagen Group.
- Attorneys should closely watch a handful of significant cases where damages were awarded to franchisees and consumers.
- Dealerships should start keeping records regarding any “stop sale” vehicles; floor plan, storage, and related costs; and any reimbursement or payments from Volkswagen.
- Dealerships should also continue to well represent the brand and the products and services their local customers desire, consistent with laws and their franchise agreements.
For additional information see: Auto Dealers and the VW Emissions Crisis: Some Early Advice from a Damages Expert
The attributes we believe are essential in analyzing this topic include the following:
- A deep knowledge of automotive and manufacturing sectors.
- Extensive work with companies and trade associations in the advanced automotive and manufacturing supply sectors operating in multiple countries.
- Ability to identify the characteristics of the regional market for specific consumer segments, and expert knowledge and technological expertise in evaluating specific market areas using GIS technology.
- A track record of assessing economic performance and the effectiveness of organizational policies in an incisive manner.
Examples of results yeilded from our work include the following:
Volkswagen Group Resources
The Volkswagen Diesel Website includes information on a goodwill package for customers, FAQs, statements from Volkswagen Group management and board.
Relevant News Articles
Volkswagan's $14.7 Billion Buyback Deal on Emissions Scandal Approved, October 25, 2016
Bosch had key role in VW emissions fraud, lawyers claim, August 18, 2016
U.S Said to Uncover Evidence of Criminal Acts in VW Probe, August 15, 2016
U.S. finds unapproved emissions software in VW Group 3.0-liter diesel engine, report says, August 7, 2016
VW emissions-rigging claims reach back further, July 20, 2016
VW's dirty diesels won't meet U.S. air standards even after recall, July 19, 2016
VW owners to get buyback price plus at least $5,100 in U.S. deal, June 28, 2016
VW diesel emissions settlement deadline extended by U.S. judge, June 15, 2016
Volkswagen to Boost Electric Vehicles, Pursue Self-Driving Cars, June 15, 2016
Volkwagen, U.S. make substantial progress toward final deal: judge, May 24, 2016
Volkswagen Posts Deep Loss After Taking $18.28 Billion Hit on Emissions Scandal, April 22, 2016
VW and U.S. government reach agreement in principle to settle diesel violations, April 21, 2016
VW brand sales fell 5% globally in February, March 11, 2016
VW to cut 3,000 office jobs in Germany, report says, March 11, 2016
VW's U.S. Chief exits in wake of emissions cheating scandal, March 9, 2016
Bosch investigates itself in VW diesel crisis, January 27, 2016
VW expands Goodwill Package to 3.0-liter Touareg TDI owners, January 13, 2016
VW may buy back 115,000 U.S. cars, report says, January 7, 2016
VW sued by U.S. for environmental violations, January 4, 2016
VW discloses origin of diesel deception: Meeting U.S. NOx rules was initially 'impossible', December 10, 2015
VW diesel civil suits to be heard in California, December 8, 2015
Frustration flares for VW Dealers as sales nosedive, December 7, 2015
Guide to the Volkswagen Emissions Recall, November 30, 2015
Audi, Porsche, VW ordered by CARB to recall, repair emissions software, November 25, 2015
German Prosecutors, California Open Fresh Investigations Into VW Cheating, November 25, 2015
VW investigated for tax evasion on false CO2 levels, November 24, 2015
Volkswagen Faces Tax-Evasion Investigation in Germany, November 24, 2015
Volkswagen Plans $1 Billion Cut in Next Year’s Capital Spending, November 20, 2015
VW Giving $1,000 to Car Owners in Emissions Cheating Scandal, November 9, 2015
VW crisis widens to fuel consumption figures, November 4, 2015
Impact of the Volkswagen emissions control defeat device on US public health, October 29, 2015
Volkswagen’s Advertising of Rigged Diesels Probed by FTC, October 14, 2015
Volkswagen Scandal Puts Spotlight on Europe’s Dirty Air, October 13, 2015
VW will cut spending by $1.1 billion, launch all-electric Phaeton in EV push, October 13, 2015
VW to Switch to a Costlier Diesel Technology, October 13, 2015
VW seeks $3.4 billion in savings from suppliers, report says, October 12, 2015
VW’s 2016 diesel sales "months" away, October 8, 2015
Volkswagen to Launch Diesel-Car Recall in January, October 7, 2015
U.S. senators probe tax credit related to VW "clean burning" cars, October 7, 2015
Kelley Blue Book: Volkswagen Diesel Car Values Decline 13%, October 6, 2015
EPA: Post-VW emissions scrutiny the new normal, October 2, 2015
Bosch warned Volkswagen about illegal software use, Septebmer 28, 2015
Why VW needed to cheat on emissions, September 28, 2015
VW scandal exposes cozy ties between industry and Berlin, September 26, 2015
As Volkswagen Pushed to Be No. 1, Ambitions Fueled a Scandal, September 26, 2015
U.S. EPA Toughens Emission Oversight After VW Cheating, September 25, 2015
Volkswagen Cars in Europe Affected by Tainted Software, September 24, 2015
At least 29 U.S. state attorneys general to probe, subpoena Volkswagen, September 24, 2015
West Virginia engineer presented VW emissions findings a year ago, September 23, 2015
Diesel scandal at VW threatens "Made in Germany" image, September 22, 2015
Volkswagen brand takes image hit as perception scores plummet, September 22, 2015
Volkswagen offers U.S. dealers financial assistance, September 22, 2015
As CEO Apologizes For Emissions Cheating, VW Halts Sales of Some Diesels In U.S., September 20, 2015
VW accused of using "defeat device" software in 482,000 diesels to skirt U.S. clean-air rules, September 18, 2015
Don’t Breath Here: Tackling air pollution from vehicles, September 10, 2015