Volkswagen Canada Reaches Deal with Drivers in Dieselgate Suit

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI

A class action lawsuit against Volkswagen Canada has resulted in a deal to compensate owners of cars affected by VW’s diesel emissions scandal. According to the Globe and Mail, the deal could see owners receiving up to $8,000 in compensation.

The scandal broke in September of 2015 when independent tests showed that diesel Volkswagens knew when they were being tested, and altered their performance accordingly. Since then it’s been many months of uncertainty for owners of the cars. Tired of waiting for VW to act with an acceptable fix or compensation, especially after most US owners got word of their settlement six months ago, two class action suits had been filed in Canada. Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche diesel models are affected by the scandal and this decision.

The settlement, which still requires final approval by Ontario and Quebec courts will let owners sell their cars back to VW, trade them in, or have them repaired. In addition to the trade-in values, owners will see payments ranging from $5,100 to $8,000. A timeline for the process has not yet been revealed.

This is good news for Volkswagen owners, many of whom have been nervously awaiting this ruling for some time. We’ll bring you the full details as they become available, including a conclusion to our Dieselgate from the Driver’s Seat series.


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Evan Williams

Evan Williams

Evan is based in Halifax, and has been a car nut for as long as anyone can remember. He autocrosses, does lapping days and TSD rallies, breaks cars and then fixes them again.
  • Vito C

    If you have just a little bit of intelligence and common sense, how you supposed to react to this crap written by so called “auto journalists”? “many months of uncertainty for owners” or “Tired of waiting for VW to act with an acceptable fix or compensation”. WTF you’re talking? Scandal!? sure! Just because some sly idiots find the way to make money off VW you don’t need to behave like a brainwashed retard(although some get paid for it!) , you have a car and you can use it(just like a year ago!), you don’t fix it if it’s ain’t broken and all of you know that any VW(save for Audi/Porshe) drives 5 times better then anything else, especially domestic crap. If you so concerned about pollution, rest assured, any US made cars with “green” engines like 5-6L pick-up trucks or SUV’s with 10 mpg ratings will make sure you inhale all the good staff CO and SO2 has to offer! Just say’n…

  • Frank Luzzi

    I am wholly unconvinced of the EPA’s statement of the deadliness of the emissions from these cars. However, VW has always played up the “green” nature of their vehicles and so I can see why there is a scandal.
    I know several folks (quite a few actually, as I am in the industry) who own these cars, and nobody I have talked to seems to really care about the issue, other than how they might be personally (read economically) affected. Talk of their car no longer being road legal beyond a certain date definitely scares people, but most were just excited at the prospect of a financial windfall in the form of “compensation”, and scoff at the government for making a big deal out of the whole thing.