The US regulators said Volkswagen has met the deadline to propose a plan to fix the 80,000 3.0-litre diesel cars affected by the emissions scandal.
The California Air Resources Board and Environmental Protection Agency said late on Tuesday that Volkswagen submitted a plan to mend the affected 80,000 cars powered by the V6 3.0-litre diesel engine. On November 19, the German automaker admitted that the infamous cheating device has also been installed in all of its US larger diesels since 2009. After these new revelations, CARB gave VW a February 2 deadline to come up with a recall plan to fix models such as the 2009-2016 VW Touareg, 2013-2016 Porsche Cayenne, 2014-2016 Audi A6 Quattro, Audi A7 Quattro, Audi A8, Audi A8L, Audi Q5 and 2009-2016 Audi Q7. “We are fully cooperating with the US 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.
After more than four months since the first disclosures back in September, there is still no approved plan for around 482,000 cars with 2.0-litre engines that emit up to 40 times the legally allowable pollution levels. The US regulators rejected last month the proposed technical solution for these smaller diesels, calling it “substantially deficient.” The California Air Resources Board said it will give the 3.0-litre proposal a “thorough and complete review to make sure the plan addresses” excess emissions. Audi said it hopes CARB would make a decision on whether to approve the plan in the “near future.”