No VW compensation for UK drivers

Volkswagen has said it ‘does not believe it is necessary’ to offer compensation to UK owners.

CEO Matthias Muller said last month that VW was putting together a package for drivers affected by the emissions scandal, but it appears now that won’t include UK drivers.

Paul Willis, managing director of Volkswagen Group UK, told the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, ‘To pay compensation there has to be a loss, and at this stage I see no reason for there to be a loss. Our engineers tell us there will be no difference in fuel consumption or driveability.

‘So the only other area is on the question of residual values. I, at the moment, have seen no clear evidence of adverse impact on residual values. So when I say there is no loss, then there is also no need for compensation.’

VW has yet to explain how the ‘fix’ to 1.2 million UK vehicles will no impact fuel consumption.

Last month VW CEO Matthias Müller said, ‘We’re working on an effective package for all our customers. There will be an attractive package, let’s call it compensation, for the reduction in value of cars.’