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August 05. 2016 8:40PM

Consumer Reports urges higher Volkswagen compensation

Influential U.S. magazine Consumer Reports urged the Justice Department to hike compensation to 475,000 owners of polluting Volkswagen diesel vehicles and allow owners who opt for a fix to reconsider.

In comments filed on Friday on the proposed agreement, the magazine said the buyback offer undervalues retail prices and urged the use of values that “would lead to buyback offers for consumers that would be at least several hundred dollars higher.”

Consumer Reports also wants owners who opt for a fix to be able to change their mind and instead sell the car back to Volkswagen because the car may perform differently once a fix is performed.

The public comment period for the Volkswagen consent decrees ends on Friday. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer granted preliminary approval on July 26 to the settlement, which includes the largest-ever U.S. automotive buyback offer, and set an Oct. 18 hearing to grant final approval.

Volkswagen agreed to spend up to $10.033 billion on the buyback for 2.0 liter vehicles that emit up to 40 times legally allowable pollution. It has agreed to separate settlements worth $5.3 billion to offset excess polluting, boost clean vehicles and compensate more than 40 U.S. states.

- Reuters

EverPresent expands Manchester service

MANCHESTER — EverPresent, which offers a service to digitize and organize photos and videos, has expanded its services to Manchester. In addition to offering in-home consultations throughout the area, EverPresent is now available at Framers Market, the Boston company’s third location in New Hampshire.

The company employs a team of 42 technicians, designers and organizers. Families can schedule in-home consultations or book appointments in Manchester at 1301 Elm St. For more information call 603-819-5182 or visit

Grapevine works on Grafton rebranding

MANCHESTER — Grapevine Marketing, a Manchester-based digital marketing and website development agency specializing in search engine and online marketing, social media marketing and website development, recently redesigned the Grafton County Economic Development Council’s website as part of its rebranding effort. The agency is now called the Grafton Regional Development Corporation. The new website features resources for entrepreneurs and business owners.

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