Volkswagen offers Rs 66k gift cards as 'goodwill package'

Detroit: Owners of 482,000 diesel Volkswagens and Audis in the US are eligible for $1,000 (Rs 66,000) in gift cards and vouchers as the automaker strives to placate customers dismayed by an emissions-rigging scandal.

VW announced the offer on Monday. The car owners have been in limbo since mid-September, when VW admitted the cars are equipped with software that turns on pollution controls during government tests and turns them off while on the road.

VW has yet to unveil a fix for the cars. The US Environmental Protection Agency says the cars, with 2-litre, four-cylinder engines, emit 10 to 40 times the allowable amount of harmful nitrogen oxide.

The $500 (Rs 34,000) Visa gift card can be used anywhere, while the $500 voucher can be used at a VW dealership for things such as an oil change or new set of tires, or even a down payment on a new car.

The offer also includes free roadside assistance for the diesel vehicles for three years.

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