VW Group to Fix 15,000 3.0L Diesel Vehicles

Posted by: Lydia Siu onNovember 30th, 2015


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.

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