Volkswagen Got an Extension on the Deadline for the Dieselgate Fix

Volkswagen has received an extension on the deadline for the submission of the Dieselgate fix.
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A US judge gave the German company an extension of one month, until April 21, to present a fix for the 600,000 vehicles sold in the USA that were affected by the emissions scandal.

Volkswagen officials have announced that they are committed to resolving this issue as quickly as possible, in order to regain the trust of their customers and the public.

Nonetheless, six months have passed without a fix for the vehicles affected by Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal, and spirits are getting high.

As noted by some Government organizations and environmentalist groups, the vehicles made by the German company are still on the road, and they are emitting up to 40 times the legally allowable nitrous oxide pollution in real world driving.

As Automotive News reports, Volkswagen is still considering several options for the Dieselgate-affected vehicles.

One of them is a buyback, which would mean that the company would pay an estimated $9.4 billion, according to Bloomberg Intelligent analyst Brandon Barnes. However, buying back over 600,000 cars would cause a logistics nightmare for Volkswagen and is probably the least likely thing to happen in the Dieselgate situation in the United States of America.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche are barred from selling 2016 diesel models in the United States of America. The diesel versions of these vehicles were not necessarily the ones achieving high sales volumes in the USA, but each sale counts and not selling any of these for an extended period causes a significant sales decline for VW-made diesel vehicles that might take the company years to recover.

The issue with the fix proposed by Volkswagen and the one the authorities are expecting is that the EPA wants a solution that will address on-road emissions. However, as Automotive News writes, an official of the California Air Resources Board stated that the US state might allow some “partially repaired VW diesel” vehicles to continue operating on the road “because a full fix may be impossible.
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About the author: Sebastian Toma
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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