Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

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You Can Trust Honda

You can trust Honda. We felt like it needed to be said. In the past few years, consumers have experienced their fair share of deceit from the automotive industry, and Volkswagen is the latest car manufacturer to admit wrongdoing. Recently adding their name to a list that includes General Motors, Mitsubishi, and Toyota, the German automaker finds itself in the midst of a major controversy the media has nicknamed “Dieselgate.” Whether these recent scandals have involved faulty parts or fraudulent statistics, potential car buyers are having their good faith tested, prompting us to repeat our opening statement: You can trust Honda.


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Volkswagen, responsible for such car brands as Audi, Porsche, and of course, VW, has confessed to having installed software in their clean diesel vehicles which altered emission figures–making their engine appear to perform better than it actually did. The clean diesel vehicles in question were equipped with technology that sensed when the car was being tested.

During an emissions test, the vehicle’s software would automatically switch to a “cheat mode” which altered certain components, improving performance areas such as fuel economy, torque, and acceleration. But during real world driving, the software would change back to a default mode that altered fuel pressure, injection timing, and exhaust recirculation (among other things); while in turn, increasing nitrous oxide emissions well beyond the limits set by the EPA.

This scandal has left consumers deceived, U.S. Government regulations evaded, VW executives terminated, and a multi-billion dollar settlement mandated.

Which Models Have Been Affected?

Spanning eight model years, from 2009 to 2016, this emissions scandal affects the following vehicles:

2013 – 2015 VW Beetle
2013 – 2015 VW Beetle Convertible
2010 – 2015 VW Golf
2015 VW Golf SportWagen
2009 – 2014 VW Jetta

2009 – 2014 VW Jetta SportWagen
2012 – 2015 VW Passat
2009 – 2016 VW Touareg
2010 – 2015 Audi A3
2014 – 2016 Audi A6 Quattro

2014 – 2016 Audi A7 Quattro
2014 – 2016 Audi A8/A8L
2014 – 2016 Audi Q5
2009 – 2016 Audi Q7
2014 – 2016 Porsche Cayenne

What You Should Know

• Up to 11 million vehicles have been affected worldwide, with approximately 550,000 of those automobiles sold in the United States.

• U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer has approved a $14.7 billion settlement as part of the $10 billion buyback program offered to clean diesel car owners.

• Vehicles involved in the emissions cheating scandal emitted up to 40 times the legal amount of nitrous oxides.

Why Is “Dieselgate” Important?

The impact of this clean diesel scandal is twofold. Not only did Volkswagen’s falsified emission reports mislead the consumer, they were also meant to skirt U.S. Government regulations.

1. Inaccurate emission figures resulted in better fuel economy and overall performance statistics.

2. Volkswagen was in violation of the Clean Air Act, which helps protect the environment as well as public health.

What’s Next For Volkswagen Owners?

Needless to say, the trust between Volkswagen and its customers has been severely damaged. In 2015, VW began extending an olive branch to defrauded owners by offering dealership credit, increased roadside service, and even a pre-paid Visa card–in addition to the multi-billion dollar settlement handed down in October of 2016.


For owners who wish to keep their vehicle, Volkswagen will eventually announce a recall to fix all affected models and bring them back up to EPA standards; although, a specific date for the emissions recall has not been determined.

For owners who wish to sell their vehicle back to Volkswagen, they will be compensated using the car’s previous NADA value in conjunction with the settlement amount, which will vary between $5,100 and $9,900 depending on the vehicle’s model year, mileage, and features.


For owners who choose option two, Capital Region Honda Dealers would like to help you find your next, new vehicle. We invite you to explore our award-winning lineup of Honda cars and SUVs that not only boast outstanding fuel economy and performance, but may also save you money at the point of purchase.


The Capital Region Honda Dealers association has eight dealerships across New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts, all willing to help you find the Honda vehicle that fits your lifestyle. You can trust Honda and we want to prove it.
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Capital Region Honda Dealers
Capital Region Honda Dealers
391 S State Rd Cheshire
Cheshire, MA, 01225 United States
(888) 794-9805
Capital Region Honda Dealers 42.551937, -73.163808.