In 1967, California’s Governor Reagon established the California Air Resources Board (CARB) because of the pollutants in the air in California. It was the first emissions standard in the Nation and is the stalwart of the Nation for emissions.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) are very proud of the work they have done in legislating clean air and Attorney General Kamala D. Harris was proud to announce, “This is the largest settlement ever with an automaker and the largest settlement ever for clean air.”

The landmark $14.7 billion national settlement is with Volkswagen over allegations that the company violated environmental and consumer protection laws by installing “defeat device” software to bypass emissions controls in its 2.0-liter diesel vehicles. In addition to consumer relief funding, California will receive $1.18 billion for environmental projects and investments in zero-emission technology.

This settlement does not include the additional 85,000 Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche vehicles with the 3.0-liter V-6 powertrain that were emissions non-compliant, although not using the same illegal software as the 2.0-liter vehicles.

How much do you get from Volkswagen settlement if you own a VW diesel?

Because “it was not just environmental harm, but fraudulent advertising consumers that purchased a VW TDI owners will get $5,100-$10,000 in compensation, and also Volkswagen will buy back the VW TDI at prescandal value, according to the September 2015 edition of the NADA Used Car Guide.

Which cars are affected?

At the press conference it was said the cars affected were 2010-2015, but check the VIN on your vehicle, because some 2.0-liter 2009 are affected as well:

Generation 1: Approximately 325,000
VW Jetta TDI (Model Years 2009 – 2014)
VW Jetta SportWagen TDI (Model Years 2009-2014)
VW Golf TDI (Model Years 2010-2014)
VW Beetle TDI and VW Beetle Convertible TDI (Model Years 2012 – 2014)

Generation 2: Approximately 90,000
VW Passat TDI (Model Years 2012-2014)

Generation 3: Approximately 67,000
VW Jetta TDI (Model Year 2015)
VW Golf TDI (Model Year 2015)
VW Golf SportWagen TDI (Model Year 2015)
VW Beetle TDI and VW Beetle Convertible TDI (Model Year 2015)
VW Passat TDI (Model Year 2015)

If you want to know the exact amount of the settlement click here, input your VIN and find out the amount you are entitled to receive from Volkswagen.

CARB in El Monte, CA was the group that figured out how Volkswagen defeated the test. They will be moving to a new net-zero building in UC Riverside in the next two years.

Volkswagen still has to settle with other agencies, states and countries, but cutting a deal with CARB and California is a big step.

Press Release:
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, California Air Resources Board Announce $14.7 Billion Agreement Holding Volkswagen Accountable for Its Use of Diesel Emissions “Defeat Devices” | State of California – Department of Justice

SAN FRANCISCO – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) today announced a landmark $14.7 billion national settlement with Volkswagen over allegations that the company violated environmental and consumer protection laws by installing “defeat device” software to bypass emissions controls in its 2.0 liter diesel vehicles.

As part of the national agreement, which is subject to approval by the court, Volkswagen will spend approximately $10 billion to buy back or modify these vehicles, as well as pay $2.7 billion into a trust to support environmental programs and reduce emissions and an additional $2 billion on investments and promotion of zero emissions vehicles. The agreement preserves the Attorney General’s and CARB’s claims for civil penalties and prospective injunctive relief, as well as their claims related to 3.0 liter diesel vehicles.

In addition to providing consumer relief funding, California will receive $1.18 billion, representing more than one-quarter of the funding VW must provide for environmental projects in states injured by the company’s conduct and investments it must make in zero emission technology.

“Our state and national environmental protection laws exist to protect public health and to preserve our planet for future generations. Volkswagen undermined these objectives by deceiving California consumers and flagrantly violating California environmental and consumer protection laws by manipulating its diesel vehicles to produce false results when undergoing emissions testing,” said Attorney General Kamala Harris. “This landmark agreement not only ensures that consumers who were deceived are fairly compensated, but also requires Volkswagen to make unprecedented investments in protecting our environment and advancing zero emission technology.”

As part of the agreement, VW will offer compensation to those who own or lease a VW or Audi 2.0 liter vehicle as of September 28, 2015. Owners have the option of having Volkswagen buy back their vehicle or, if approved by CARB and EPA, having VW modify their vehicle to reduce its emissions. Owners who opt for a buyback or modification will also receive an additional cash payment of at least $5,100. Some owners may receive as much as $10,000.

In addition to consumer relief and getting polluting cars off the road via the buyback and modification program, which is anticipated to cost Volkswagen over $10 billion, Volkswagen is also required to pay $2.7 billion into a trust to support environmental programs throughout the country to reduce emissions. CARB will receive and direct 14.12%, $380 million, of these trust funds to fund environmental mitigation projects in California. Volkswagen is also required to buy back, modify, or scrap at least 85% of the subject vehicles nationally and in California, and it is required to pay for additional mitigation projects if it falls short of that requirement.

Volkswagen must also spend $2 billion over a 10-year period to promote zero emissions vehicles through educational information, research and development, and infrastructure development (such as building charging stations), to further mitigate emissions and help right the market that was manipulated by the false emissions results in Volkswagen diesel vehicles. Forty percent, or $800 million, of these investments will be made in California, pursuant to investment plans that will be subject to approval by CARB.

“This is a good deal for California’s environment and for California consumers. It will bring over a billion dollars of projects to California to supercharge our expanding zero-emission vehicle market, and fully mitigate the environmental harm to our air as a result of VW’s cheating,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “The Consent Decree also recognizes the crucial contribution the dogged engineers in CARB’s testing lab played in exposing the illegal device in the first place – and the exceptionally costly and difficult challenges we face in our fight for cleaner air in a state where tens of millions breathe the most heavily polluted air in the nation.”

Volkswagen programmed software in its diesel cars to achieve lower emissions while undergoing testing, but in normal driving conditions, their cars were emitting up to 40 times more harmful nitrogen oxides than allowed by state and federal law.

The parties settling claims against Volkswagen in this major agreement include the California Attorney General’s Office, CARB, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

California is uniquely affected, not only because of our robust environmental protection laws and CARB’s unique enforcement and regulatory role, but also because our state has the largest number of affected consumers.

In conjunction with the consent decree, the California Attorney General’s office filed a joint complaint with CARB in the Northern District of California this morning. The complaint is attached to the online version of this news release at

The agreement is subject to approval by the court following a public comment period.

The agreement is specific to 2.0 liter vehicles and does not include Volkswagen and Audi 3.0 liter vehicles that are alleged to have similar defeat devices installed. It also preserves the ability of the Attorney General, CARB, and the EPA to seek civil penalties and further injunctive relief.