November 9, 2015 10:38 am

VW to offer diesel car owners $1,000 in gift cards, vouchers: source

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DETROIT – A dealer familiar with Volkswagen’s plans says the automaker intends to offer $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers to owners of smaller diesel cars.

The offers would be a gesture of goodwill to owners with 2-litre four-cylinder diesel engines that have been implicated in an emissions cheating scandal. The offers could be announced Monday.

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The dealer says owners would get a $500 Visa debit card to spend on anything they wish and a $500 voucher for oil changes, service or merchandise from dealers. The dealer didn’t want to be identified because details of the program haven’t been announced.

VW has admitted that about 482,000 diesels from the 2009 to 2015 model years have software that turns on pollution controls during government tests and shuts them off on the road.

WATCH: It’s been revealed the cheating on Volkswagen’s emission tests extended to Audis and Porsches, as well as more VW models than previously thought. Mike Drolet explains.

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