The US regulators are not easily convinced by Volkswagen’s solution for vehicles fitted with the cheating device, a VW source said on Tuesday, quoted further by Reuters.
Even if the German Federal Motor Transport Authority approved the measures proposed for the 1.2, 1.6 and 2.0-litre affected engines, a fix in the US has not been agreed so far. This situation is a clear sign that the relations between the two sides are quite strained, even four months after the scandal broke out. A source told Reuters that Volkswagen would meet again with the Californian Air Resources Board this week and with the US Environmental Protection Authority next week, hoping to agree on a solution before the mid-January deadline. In November, the German automaker provided the California regulators with its initial proposal for addressing the emissions problems for 482,000 diesel Jetta, Beetle, Passat and Golf cars built between 2009 and 2015. One month later, VW made some updates on those fixes and informed the US authorities about them, thus prompting the Air Resources Board to extend the deadline for rejecting or approving the new plan by January 14.
But finding a fix was proving more difficult than expected, in part because this involved producing new components which then required testing, said the person, who declined to be named as the talks are confidential. The relation between VW and US regulators are even more tensed now after the lawsuit filed by the US Justice Department. “The announcement serves as a reminder/reality check of VW’s still unresolved emissions issues,” Goldman Sachs analysts said of the claim. Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller is said to travel to the US next week to meet politicians and possibly other officials, the VW source said, on what will be his first visit in the country after revelations in September.