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Volkswagen Diesel Fix Still Won’t Be Compliant

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Customers have been waiting patiently for the official fix notice to come from Volkswagen. The automaker is still in the works with regulators on the details of the repairs needed on their 2.0L TDI diesel motors to bring them into compliance. However, recent news on the projected repair plans is stating that even when the cars are repaired by Volkswagen they will still not comply with clean air laws.

The planned fix apparently will only reduce the over pollution by the 2.0L diesel by approximately 80 to 90 percent which gets the vehicles near CARB requirements, but that’s still not officially considered compliant. What’s more is that the regulator seems to be OK with it. According to Daniel Becker, Director of the Safe Climate Campaign, “For reasons they didn’t state, they’re allowing fixed vehicles to not be fixed, but to allow vehicles to emit twice as much pollution as they otherwise would allow.”


Volkswagen’s 3.0L Diesel Fix Denied

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Some may recall that Volkswagen’s 2.0L diesel engine wasn’t the only motor in the company’s lineup that was misleading emission regulators. Volkswagen 3.0L diesel motors found in Audis and Porsches were also part of the emission scandal. Recently, Volkswagen submitted a recall to regulators but the solution was far from acceptable according the the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

As CARB put it, “VW‘s and Audi’s submissions are incomplete, substantially deficient, and fall far short of meeting the legal requirements to return these vehicles to the claimed certified configuration,” Currently, vehicles built between 2009 and 2016 which use the 3.0L diesel engine is affected. If VW doesn’t come up with a plan that satisfied regulators, they may be forced to purchase the vehicles back from customers.


Possible Buy Back of Dirty Diesel VW’s

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According to a German newspaper, Volkswagen’s financial woes linked to their emission scandal continues to grow as words have surfaced that approximately 20 percent of their affected diesel cars in the US may need to be bought back. Specific details are yet to come, but this could add up to about 115,000 vehicles in the US alone.

News broke recently about VW’s simple fixes for bringing their European diesel vehicles back into compliance with European emission standards. However, strict emission regulations in the US have resulted in a back and forth battle between VW and the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resource Board to finalize a repair solution in America.

Rumors surrounding the repairs to diesel vehicles in the US have not been positive for car owners as they may require significant changes to the vehicles exhaust system to bring the vehicle back into compliance with US emission standards.


VW Group to Fix 15,000 3.0L Diesel Vehicles

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While the Volkswagen Group races to put in place a recall to fix their 2.0 liter diesel equipped vehicles due to illegal emissions software, Anne Herbert, California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) chief emissions officer, issued a letter ordering Volkswagen to come up with a repair plan for an additional 15,000 cars sold in the US within 45 days which were equipped with their 3.0-liter diesel engines. This engine is shared across Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche starting from 2009. There are approximately 85,000 vehicles across the nation which use the 3.0-liter engines. It is expected that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon require Volkswagen to provide a fix plan for the remaining cars.

Speculations about how far reaching the emission cheating software extended began circulating in September when news broke on the 2.0-liter diesel scandal. The current violations came to light at a meeting between California regulatory officials and Audi executives last week when Audi admitted certain models in their fleet may contain an undisclosed auxiliary emissions control device. These devices in and of themselves are not inherently illegal. However, failure on Audi’s part to disclose the existence of the auxiliary emissions control device is a direct violation of California’s health and safety code.

CARB would not comment further on whether they considered the units as simple auxiliary emission devices or emissions defeating software in a recent statement. CARB’s chief of emissions compliance stated “We expect full cooperation in this investigation so this issue can be addressed expeditiously and appropriately”. It is expected that Volkswagen’s fix plan will comprehensively detail impacts to the vehicle’s fuel economy, performance, drivability, and safety.