No compensation for VW drivers
If you were hoping to get a nice little payout apology from Volkswagen over the emissions scandal, don't hold your breath (unless you're trying to not breathe in all the gunk pouring out of the back of your VW). The company said that they have "no plans" to compensate customers in Europe, although, after some official investigations, that could all change.
The company have put aside £4.8bn to cover recall costs, but that doesn't include compo, because they're not planning on forking out.
Now, Volkswagen have been compensating drivers in America, and they think that the market circumstances were different. Of course, in the UK, the car's re-sale value has changed thanks to this cheat-scandal, so this is a bit of a kick in the teeth.
Stateside, drivers have been promised $500, and another $500 in credit vouchers. If you're in the UK, VW are telling you to go whistle.
In a statement, VW said: "We are putting together an individual package of measures for each market designed to achieve high customer satisfaction in what is currently an unsatisfactory situation for customers."
So why are Volkswagen treating American drivers differently to those in Europe? Well, it has been suggested elsewhere that VW would like to spoil the Americans, because it is seen as a key area of growth in the market that they would like to develop. Seeing as Europe drives a lot of VW vehicles, it sounds like a case of 'what are you going to do about it?'
There could well be some official intervention on all this, so things could change, but for the time being, Volkswagen aren't going to be crossing your palm with silver.