Volkswagen is close to finally fixing the emissions issue on the 3.0-litre diesel engines, units fitted on the Group’s premium models.
The issue of Volkswagen’s bigger over-polluting diesels has been set aside, as the US regulators have been focusing on forcing the automaker to find a proper fix for around 480,000 vehicles affected by the emissions scandal, models powered by the smaller 2.0-litre unit. The California Air Resources Board and Environmental Protection Agency announced in February that Volkswagen submitted a plan to mend the affected 85,000 V6 3.0-litre diesel cars, after it admitted in November last year that the infamous cheating device has also been installed in all of its US larger TDIs since 2009.
However, there has been no news over the matter so far, until now. According to Bloomberg, the German auto group is in the final stages of concluding a technical solution for mending its more premium cars, 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.
Volkswagen faces now a 21 June deadline to finalize the agreement, after it finally struck a deal “in principle” last month with the US authorities over the 2.0-litre diesels. The affected customers will have the options to accept a buy back from Volkswagen, the company to fix their vehicles or to give up on their leases and leave the cars in dealers’ courtyards. However, the settlement does not include the additional larger 3.0-litre diesels.