According to the latest report on the Dieselgate shenanigans, a top manager over at VW thinks the automaker is just a few weeks shy of presenting a solution for the 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine to US environmental regulators.
If a solution is presented, it would affect about 85, 000 owners of Audi, Porsche, and VW models. “Hopefully in October, latest the beginning of November, we will have the final agreement with the U.S.,” commented for the media Dietmar Voggenreiter, global head of sales and marketing at Audi. The fix has to do with the Dieselgate scandal because immediately after finding a software defeat device in VW Group’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel, the Environmental Protection Agency considered similar occurrences with the 3.0-liter V6.
The company used the engine in luxury models such as the Porsche Cayenne, Audi A6, A7, A8 L, Q5, Q7, and VW Touareg. The VW Group has already come up with an initial solution to the V6 TDI problem, but the US regulators ditched it, calling it “incomplete and deficient in a number of areas.” If the EPA is again dissatisfied, they could order a buy-back program just like with the 2.0-liter TDI, taking the toll to billions. And some owners are already pursuing a class-action lawsuit against the carmaker – which could result in a buyback irrespective of EPA’s decision.