The California regulators pushed the deadline on the review for VW’s proposed fix for the 2.0-litre diesel engines for January 14.
One month ago, Volkswagen provided to the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board its initial proposal for addressing the emissions problems for 482,000 diesel Jetta, Beetle, Passat and Golf cars built between 2009 and 2015. All these cars, powered by the company’s 2.0-liter diesel, have been fitted with the cheating software that makes the real-world emissions to exceed by 40 times the legally allowable pollution levels. The German automaker has recently made some updates on those fixes and has informed the regulators about them, thus prompting the Air Resources Board to extend the deadline for rejecting or approving the new plan by about three weeks. The new term is now set for January 14. VW spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said the automaker continues “to fully cooperate with EPA and CARB as we work to develop an approved remedy as quickly as possible.”
In Europe, The German Federal Motor Transport Authority has already approved the measures proposed by Volkswagen Group for the EA189 1.2, 1.6 and 2.0-litre engines, 8.5 million vehicles being affected in the region. The recalls in Europe will start from the first quarter of 2016. Chris Grundler, who heads EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, told Reuters last week “that the Volkswagens in America are very different than those in Europe.” Beside the plan for the 2.0-litre, the US regulators are also awaiting a solution from VW by early February for another 85,000 cars, those premium ones with the larger 3.0-litre diesel engines that have a separate emissions issue.