Volkswagen is finally close to end its emissions saga in the United States, as the final agreement is expected to be approved in two-month time.
Volkswagen struck a preliminary deal last month with the Department of Justice, the Environment Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board over the emissions scandal, an agreement that has to be incorporated into a more comprehensive one and presented in its final form in front of the overseeing federal judge by June 21. At a brief court hearing, the US District Judge Charles Breyer said all the sides involved were on the right path to finalize the deal, a move also confirmed by Europe’s biggest automaker.
“Volkswagen is pleased that we continue to make progress in our discussions with U.S. government agencies, regulators and the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, and is working to finalize the agreements in principle, as directed by the Court,” the company stated. According to Reuters, after the June 21 deadline the agreement faces a public comment period and must get final judicial approval, which could come at a July 26 hearing.
The proposal covers around 480,000 cars powered by the 2.0-litre diesel engines, but it does not include the extra 90,000 larger 3.0-litre diesels, which are also polluting way over the legal limits. “We also continue to work expeditiously on an approved solution for 3.0L V-6 engine TDI vehicles. Our customers in the United States do not need to take any action at this time, and we thank them for their continued patience,” VW added. However, Bloomberg reported earlier this month that the German auto group was in the final stages of concluding a technical solution for mending its more premium cars.