Volkswagen's Proposed Fix For V6 TDI Engines is Rejected In California

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The Volkswagen Group has made a deal with US authorities regarding a settlement for owners of 2.0-liter TDI engines, but clients with V6 diesels will have to wait.
California’s Air Resources Board has rejected Volkswagen’s proposed fix for the 3.0-liter diesel engines sold by the brands owned by the German company. While the decision only refers to the approximately 16,000 vehicles sold in the state, and can still be changed if Volkswagen provides a new repair plan, this is another blow for the automaker.

California’s chief air regulator has deemed the proposed dieselgate fix as being incomplete, as well as “substantially deficient,” said CARB in its statement. According to the California Air Resources Board, the proposed changes “fall far short of meeting” legal requirements to return the affected vehicles to the claimed certified configuration.

Californian authorities have also stated that they do not have sufficient data until December to determine if the proposed fix, which was submitted by Volkswagen, will work correctly on all the 3.0-liter V6 TDI-engined vehicles. If Volkswagen does not develop a fix that will be approved by authorities, the company might have to be obliged to provide buybacks to its customers.

As Automotive News notes, Volkswagen’s 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine was sold in the USA in models like the Volkswagen Touareg, Audi A7, Q7, A8, and Porsche Cayenne. Each of these models is more expensive than two or three 2.0-liter TDI vehicles put together.

On a US level, the Volkswagen Group sold approximately 85,000 units with 3.0-liter V6 TDI engines, and the automaker already stated that it could fix the vehicles without any fears.

Following the CARB’s conclusion, a spokesperson for the Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that the Volkswagen Group has not presented a proposed recall plan which can be approved for the 3.0-liter diesel-engined vehicles it sold for the 2009-2016 model years.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Volkswagen USA has already confirmed it continues working with CARB and EPA to secure an approval of a technical solution. Fixing those vehicles will be cheaper than buying them back, unlike some of the 2.0-liter liter TDI units, considering their numbers.
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