There seems a new legal tangle brewing against Volkswagen with owners of the 'dirty' 3.0-liter V6 TDI in the US contemplating class action lawsuit against the automaker. This if true will open up a new front for Volkswagen to deal with in the aftermath of its infamous dieselgate scandal.
The said 3.0-liter V6 engine powers high-end cars such as the Porsche Cayenne. What the owners of such cars have been pissed off with more is that while Volkswagen has settled issues with owners of the smaller and cheaper 2.0-liter TDI powered cars, those with the bigger engine has been left in the lurch.
Numbers definitely can be an explanation of this as there are about 475,000 cars powered by the smaller 2-liter diesel while those powered by the 3-liter engine stand at just about 85,000. The Wall Street Journal reported that Volkswagen and Department of Justice prosecutors are already in negotiations to seek ways of finding an amicable solution to the issue before the end of the year itself.
Apart from Porsche, the tainted 3-liter V6 TDI also powers VW own top-end SUV Touareg along with several Audi vehicles such as the Q7, A8 and so on.
According to AutoEvolution, a particular instance cited is that of a 2014 Porsche Cayenne Diesel that cost the owner more than $81,000 to buy but has lost about half its value in just 2 years' time. The best offer that the Cayenne has received so far is just $42,000. That is more depreciation than the owner had expected and is blaming the lack of any compensation or fix to the defeat devices that the said car comes equipped with.
It has just been in June that Volkswagen had settled for a compensation plan worth a whopping $14.7 billion towards those who bought cars with the 'defeat devices' in their engine. The deal calls for either buying back the car at trade-in values that were prevailing just prior to the scandal came to light or repairing the said vehicles.
Now with owners of high-end cars too demanding such a compensation package, it seems the German car maker certainly has to pump in more than the $18.2 billion that it had set aside to deal with the consequences of the mega scandal.