Reports say that Volkswagen may give owners in Germany discounts on buying new cars if they turn in some older models fitted with the cheating device.
The pressure on Volkswagen to offer some sort of incentive to European customers that are affected by the cheating scandal is building up. The automaker did not make any steps into this direction so far, but many voices say it should take some actions, as there are around 8,5 million cars affected in Europe. In a letter to CEO Matthias Mueller, European Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska demands comparable compensation for EU consumers similar to the offer made to the US. Germany’s Justice Minister Heiko Maas has also criticized unequal treatment for US and European owners, saying VW’s approach is unacceptable.
However, it seems that Volkswagen is considering to give some discounts, the German news agency DPA reported. The special offers may focus on the owners of vehicles with 1.6-litre diesel engines, which require costly hardware upgrades rather than just software fixes, sources at Volkswagen and VW dealerships said, according to DPA. But the concession would be made only for customers in Germany, where there are around 2.4 million cars fitted with the emissions bypass device.
The group costs over the scandal are mounting up, Volkswagen expecting the bill to exceed 30 billion euros (33 billion dollars), German monthly Manager Magazin reported on Saturday. But this gloomy perspective does not seem to affect Muller’s position in the company, a member of the carmaker’s executive committee said after a committee meeting that discussed the CEO’s progress in clearing up its diesel-emissions scandal. “We discussed many issues, not only Mr. Mueller. We are very conscious that there is no alternative. The question does not arise,” said Joerg Hofmann, who is deputy chairman of the six-man supervisory board committee.