Volkswagen’s U.S. division has confirmed it will offer free scheduled servicing for its entire 2009 lineup under its new ‘Carefree Maintenance Program.’ The new program covers owners for up to three years or the first 36,000 miles and includes three scheduled maintenance intervals at 10,000, 20,000 and 30,000 miles.

According to VW the previous 5000-mile service is no longer required for most of its vehicles because they have all switched to synthetic oils. The launch of the new program coincides with the local launch of the Tiguan SUV, and it also includes a courtesy checkup at dealerships within 90 days or 6,000 miles so new owners can ensure that their vehicles are running properly.

"Volkswagen's Carefree Maintenance Program is a great way to improve our owner loyalty for our brand, as well as increase consumer consideration," said Mark Barnes, VW of America chief operating officer.