According to the latest report on the Dieselgate scandal, VW’s 3.0-liter TDI V6 engines apparently contain no less than three new software defeat devices, cites German media.
The Bild am Sonntag German publication has not come up with a source for the claims but more light could be shed on the subject as the company’s executives – including Audi managers – have upcoming new meetings with both regulators and the court in the US, and could be asked to bring a solution for the issue. It appears the report claims the defeat devices allegedly switch off the emissions systems after 22 minutes, allowing them to remain active barely enough to pass through the regulators’ 20-minute test. It appears the Environmental Protection Agency found this new cheating scenario last year following the similar code found in the 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder engine. Last November, Volkswagen acknowledged it had used the software in around 85,000 cars with the 3.0-liter TDI, from the brands of Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen.
The German automaker attempted to remedy the situation with an undisclosed solution, but the California Air Resources Board vetoed the repair. The regulators said it was “incomplete and deficient in a number of areas” – now Volkswagen will go to a court hearing on August 25 to deliver an upgraded repair solution. If the carmaker’s fix is again unsatisfactory, the CARB may impose a buy-back program for the affected vehicles. The group has already agreed to a $15 billion solution to buy back cars and pay related fines for the 2.0-liter TDI.
Via Automotive News