VW proposes catalytic converter to fix US diesels image

A solution for some VW cars in the United States fitted with the bypassing device has finally been identified, a German newspaper reported and later confirmed by CEO Matthias Mueller.

After months of brainstorming, it seems like Volkswagen’s engineers have finally identified a proper fix for around 430,000 cars in the United States that were able to cheat the emissions tests. According to a report from the German daily Bild am Sonntag, a catalytic converter would be fitted to cars with the first generation of the EA 189 diesel engine, the paper said on Sunday, without revealing its sources. The technical solution implies that the new catalytic converter system is to be made in part from new materials, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. “We have one (catalytic converter) in the works and we believe that will be a part of the technical solutions,” Chief Executive Matthias Mueller told reporters in the same day at a VW event on the eve of the Detroit auto show.

The fix would need the approval of the US Environmental Protection Authority and Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller hopes to convince the regulators at a meeting on Wednesday in Washington, Bild am Sonntag further added. “I think we can now offer a package that will come very close to what the EPA is expecting from us,” the CEO added at the event.

As for the rest of the affected diesel cars in the US, another German newspaper – Sueddeutsche Zeitung – recently said Volkswagen contemplates around two ideas. The daily claims the company expected it would have to either refund the purchase price of a fifth of the vehicles fitted with the cheating device or offer a new car at a significant discount. Finding a fix has been proving more difficult than expected and this situation has made the relations between the two sides be quite strained, even four months after the scandal broke out, especially after the lawsuit filed by the US Justice Department for alleged Clean Air Act Violations.

Via Reuters