VW sub­mits Cal­i­for­nia plan to fix re­called 3.0 liter diesel SUVs, cars

The Pak Banker - - BUSINESS -

The Cal­i­for­nia Air Re­sources Board and En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency said that Volk­swa­gen sub­mit­ted a plan to fix 80,000 re­called 3.0 liter diesel SUVs and cars that emit up to nine times legally al­low­able pol­lu­tion.

Af­ter more than four months of lengthy talks and mak­ing lit­tle ap­par­ent progress win­ning ap­proval to be­gin fix­ing any U.S. VW diesel ve­hi­cles with ex­cess emis­sions, the com­pre­hen­sive pro­posal for 3.0 liter ve­hi­cles sub­mit­ted by VW of­fers the Ger­man au­tomaker a chance to fi­nally win ap­proval to start sell­ing diesel ve­hi­cles again.

US and Cal­i­for­nia reg­u­la­tors said in Novem­ber that the Ger­man au­tomaker used un­de­clared aux­il­iary soft­ware to al­low Audi, Porsche and VW ve­hi­cles to emit ex­cess emis­sions. The dis­clo­sure came six weeks af­ter the EPA said VW had en­gaged in emis­sions cheat­ing in 482,000 cars with smaller 2.0 liter en­gines that al­lowed ve­hi­cles to emit up to 40 times legally al­low­able pol­lu­tion. Cal­i­for­nia had set a Tues­day dead­line un­der state law for VW to sub­mit a plan to re­call and fix the ve­hi­cles with diesel en­gines that were de­signed by its Audi unit.

"We are fully co­op­er­at­ing with the U.S. au­thor­i­ties to make our V6 3.0L (diesel) en­gine com­pli­ant with reg­u­la­tions. Af­ter meet­ings be­tween EPA and (Cal­i­for­nia) and our tech­ni­cians, we filed a re­call plan," Audi of Amer­ica spokesman Mark Cloth­ier said Tues­day.

The EPA said it also re­ceived the pro­posal. Fed­eral reg­u­la­tors must sep­a­rately ap­prove any re­call fix plan. EPA spokes­woman Laura Allen said Tues­day the agency will re­view the plan.

The plan cov­ers the diesel 2009-2016 VW Touareg, 2013-2016 Porsche Cayenne and 2014-2016 Audi A6 Quat­tro, Audi A7 Quat­tro, Audi A8, Audi A8L, Audi Q5 and 2009-2016 Audi Q7. VW faces a U.S. stop sale that bars it from sell­ing 2016 diesel mod­els.

The Air Re­sources Board (ARB) said it will give the 3.0 liter pro­posal a "thor­ough and com­plete re­view to make sure the plan ad­dresses" ex­cess emis­sions. Audi said it hopes ARB will make a de­ci­sion on whether to ap­prove the plan in the "near fu­ture."

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