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Ob­vi­ously, th­ese changes can't pre­vent man­u­fac­tur­ers from try­ing to find ways to cir­cum­vent reg­u­la­tions as we've seen with the on-go­ing diesel scan­dal in­volv­ing Volk­swa­gen. The com­pany ad­mit­ted to us­ing `de­feat' de­vices on its TDI ve­hi­cles that en­abled them to pass emis­sions test­ing in a lab, but then by­pass emis­sions con­trols when be­ing driven on the road. Soon af­ter the scan­dal broke in the U.S. in Septem­ber 2015, the com­pany pulled its 2.0L and 3.0L Tdi-pow­ered cars from the North Amer­i­can mar­ket and class ac­tion law­suits were filed in both Canada and the U.S. Set­tle­ments were reached in both coun­tries last year. In Canada alone, the com­pany is pre­pared to spend $2.1 bil­lion to set­tle the law­suits af­fect­ing roughly 105,000 2.0L TDI own­ers. Judges in On­tario and Que­bec are ex­pected to be­gin hear­ings to ap­prove the set­tle­ments in late March. Class ac­tions for 3.0L own­ers are cur­rently wind­ing their way through the courts. Volk­wa­gen brand sales were down 14.7 per­cent in Canada in 2016.

1 CBB Score Af­ter the make and model, we list the Cana­dian Black Book 2017 Fore­cast that pre­dicts what per­cent­age of each ve­hi­cle's value it will re­tain af­ter four years, based on years of his­tor­i­cal data for the brand, model, age in the ve­hi­cle's life cy­cle, fore­cast used car sup­ply, and other fac­tors. This in­for­ma­tion is key for folks who lease, as a higher re­sale value should mean lower monthly pay­ments, as­sum­ing equal fi­nanc­ing rates and con­di­tions.

2 The J.D. badge sig­ni­fies it was the top-per­form­ing model in its cat­e­gory in J.D. Power's 2016 Ve­hi­cle Depend­abil­ity

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