UPDATE: Volkswagen to give diesel owners $1,000 in gift cards, vouchers
UPDATE: (AP) - A dealer familiar with Volkswagen's plans says the automaker intends to offer $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers to owners of smaller diesel cars.
The offers would be a gesture of goodwill to owners with 2-liter four-cylinder diesel engines that have been implicated in an emissions cheating scandal. The offers could be announced Monday.
The dealer says owners would get a $500 Visa debit card to spend on anything they wish and a $500 voucher for oil changes, service or merchandise from dealers. The dealer didn't want to be identified because details of the program haven't been announced.
VW has admitted that about 482,000 diesels from the 2009 to 2015 model years have software that turns on pollution controls during government tests and shuts them off on the road.
PREVIOUS STORY: Several automotive websites are reporting that Volkswagen is expected to announce a pre-paid gift card campaign Monday to owners of Volkswagen diesels affected by the recent emissions scandal.
The program was outlined to Volkswagen dealers Thursday according to the Truth About Cars website.
Volkswagen has not confirmed details but has told the New York Times that it's planning to make the announcement on Monday.
Called the “TDI Goodwill Program,” two gift cards will be offered to TDI owners, apparently regardless of whether the vehicle was bought new or used.
The first will be a card for $500 that can be used anywhere, without restrictions.
The second card said to be valued between $500 and $750, will be for use at Volkswagen dealerships.
VW TDI owners will need to qualify for the gift cards at Volkswagen dealers with proof of ownership.
Volkswagen has also created an online tool to allow users to determine of their vehicles are affected. VIN numbers entered by customers will determine the eligibility and allow registration for future updates.
Currently, the program applies only to four-cylinder VW models, but could be expanded to the larger six-cylinder engines which were recently determined to be affected by the emissions cheating.