ARIZONA NEWS

Volkswagen to pay Arizona $40 million over emissions scandal

May 2, 2018, 11:04 AM

(Pixabay Photo) Follow @KTAR923...

(Pixabay Photo)

(Pixabay Photo)

PHOENIX – Volkswagen agreed to a $40 million settlement with the state of Arizona over false claims involving the carmakers’ “clean diesel” vehicles, state Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Wednesday.

Arizonans who bought or leased certain Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel models from 2008 to 2015 will get $10.5 million in direct consumer restitution, up to $1,000 per vehicle.

Half the settlement is a $20 million penalty that will go into the state’s general fund, earmarked for education purposes. The remaining money goes to attorneys’ fees and costs and the Attorney General’s Office Consumer Revolving Fund to be used in future consumer enforcement.

“I wanted to make sure that our folks received the maximum amount of restitution, which they did as a result of our lawsuit,” Brnovich told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

“And furthermore I wanted to make sure that the penalties that we imposed on Volkswagen were enough to deter any sort of future wrongdoing and also to make sure they were properly punished for their false advertising.”

In 2015, the German auto manufacturer admitted to cheating on emissions tests in the United States and using the falsified results to market its diesel cars.

Arizona pursued a consumer fraud lawsuit separately from a multi-state settlement by Volkswagen that was finalized in 2016.

“As a result of our lawsuit in state court, our customers … will indeed get an additional $1,000 — up to $1,000 — on top of what they may have received as part of that earlier settlement,” Brnovich said.

Wednesday’s settlement made Arizona the first state to obtain direct consumer restitution in the matter.

A third-party administrator will be selected to identify and notify harmed Arizona consumers.

Here are the vehicles covered:

2.0-liter diesel models

• 2009: VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportwagen.

• 2010: VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportwagen, Audi A3.

• 2011: VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportwagen, Audi A3.

• 2012: VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportwagen, Audi A3, VW Passat.

• 2013: VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportwagen, Audi A3, VW Passat,  VW Beetle, VW Beetle Convertible.

• 2014: VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportwagen, VW Passat, VW Beetle,  VW Beetle Convertible.

• 2015: VW Golf, VW Golf Sportwagen, VW Jetta, Audi A3, VW Passat, VW Beetle, VW Beetle Convertible.

3.0-liter diesel models

• 2009: VW Touareg, Audi Q7.

• 2010: VW Touareg, Audi Q7.

• 2011: VW Touareg, Audi Q7.

• 2012: VW Touareg, Audi Q7.

• 2013: VW Touareg, Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne Diesel.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff gets on Tempe streetcar during a visit to the Valley on Friday. (City ...

Damon Allred

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff advocates for transit investment, rides Tempe streetcar

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff visited the Valley on Friday and discussed several issues, including public transit in Tempe and Mesa.

30 minutes ago

TSMC said it won't consider a joint ownership venture with the United States for its Arizona fabric...

Audrey Jensen/Phoenix Business Journal

Despite geopolitical concerns, TSMC forges ahead with Arizona semiconductor fabs

TSMC increased its revenue expectations amid strong demand for chips without changes to its plans for Arizona.

4 hours ago

A man was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for sexually abusing a minor. (Pexels photo)...

KTAR.com

Arizona man who sexually abused minor sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison

An Arizona man was sentenced to 235 months in prison for sexually abusing a minor in 2021, authorities announced Friday.

4 hours ago

A road closed sign stands on an Arizona highway while cows walk across the road in the background....

Payne Moses

Northbound I-17 closed due to vehicle crash near Lake Montezuma

The northbound lanes of Interstate 17 were closed near Lake Montezuma due to a vehicle crash, authorities said Friday.

5 hours ago

Stock photo of a police car with lights on at night. Two people were found dead inside a car near D...

KTAR.com

Missing woman was 1 of the 2 people found dead in car in west Phoenix, police say

One of the two people found dead inside a car in west Phoenix earlier this month has been identified as a missing woman.

5 hours ago

Rescue crews responded to Camelback Mountain in Phoenix after three hikers called for help....

Kevin Stone

3 out-of-town hikers rescued from Camelback Mountain during excessive heat

Three out-of-town hikers were rescued from Camelback Mountain on Friday after succumbing to the extreme Phoenix heat.

6 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.

...

DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Desert Institute for Spine Care is the place for weekend warriors to fix their back pain

Spring has sprung and nothing is better than March in Arizona. The temperatures are perfect and with the beautiful weather, Arizona has become a hotbed for hikers, runners, golfers, pickleball players and all types of weekend warriors.

...

DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

Volkswagen to pay Arizona $40 million over emissions scandal