The German group faces a deadline on Tuesday to propose to US regulators a proper repair plan for 80,000 V6 diesel cars that are over polluting.
The emissions scandal case in the US remains very strained, as Volkswagen still has not announced any plan for winning approval from regulators to address the emissions issue for 575,000 US diesel vehicles., Two months after the September disclosures, the US regulators have also revealed that Volkswagen has bypassed emissions controls on all the 3.0-litre diesel engines in the country, adding around 80,000 vehicles to an already huge number of the Group’s cars involved in the cheating scheme. California Air Resources Board gave VW at the end of November a February 2 deadline to come up with a recall plan for those larger diesels, models affected including the 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.
But after the rejection in January of the automaker’s technical solution for mending the 2.0-litre diesel cars that emit up to 40 times the legally allowable pollution, an approval for the larger cars is unlikely to happen today. A board spokesman, David Clegern, declined on Monday to say if VW has met the deadline. “We expect to update the situation tomorrow,” he said. Clegern stated after CARB rejected VW’s 2.0-litre proposal “we shifted the case onto a broader field; one where we can discuss settlement terms beyond a recall – buyback, mitigation, etc.”