Volkswagen Is Close to Developing Dieselgate Fix for V6 Diesel Engines

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Volkswagen’s Dieselgate situation is far from over, but it looks like the German company is closing in on a fix for its V6 TDI units.
The German group has reportedly submitted a proposition for a fix, and regulators are testing it to ensure it complies with rules and does not affect reliability.

For the moment, the information has not been confirmed, but a Bloomberg report mentions an unnamed person familiar with the matter as a source for the news. Volkswagen and EPA representatives declined to comment.

The latest Dieselgate fix from Volkswagen only targets the 3.0-liter V6 TDI units. According to the insider, it involves a new catalytic converter and a reprogramming of the ECU.

Together, the two changes should make the 3.0-liter TDI V6 engines compliant with the U.S. emission regulations they did not adhere to while being driven on the road.

While the 2.0-liter TDI engines sold by Volkswagen in the USA might not get a similar fix, the Volkswagen Group is expected to save money through this fix for the 3.0-liter TDI engines.

Instead of offering buybacks to the owners of affected vehicles, Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche will only have to repair the emission control systems of those cars and provide an undisclosed financial compensation, if authorities decide the latter.

According to some insiders, Volkswagen Group sold 85,000 vehicles with the 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine in the USA. However, when compared to the other cars sold on the same market with a similar “defeat device,” the V6-engined vehicles were premium models, which would have brought excruciating costs if Volkswagen had been forced to buy them back.

Meanwhile, the 2.0-liter TDI engines sold by Volkswagen in the USA have to receive a fix by June 21, 2016. By that date, the German corporation must decide on a solution for all the affected units of the EA 189 engine series, or present a buyback and compensation plan for their owners.
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