Volkswagen Proposal for V-6 Diesel Emissions Fix Rejected

13_Audi_Q7_TDI_ES.jpg 2013 Audi Q7 TDI | photo by Evan Sears

CARS.COM — Volkswagen Group’s proposed emissions recall fix for its 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engines has been rejected by the California Air Resources Board. The proposal, which would have affected 16,000 Audi, Porsche and VW cars in that state, was called vague. The EPA agreed, calling the plan incomplete.

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“VW’s and Audi’s submissions are incomplete, substantially deficient and fall far short of meeting the legal requirements to return those vehicles to the claimed certified configuration,” CARB wrote in a letter to Volkswagen Group.

While the Volkswagen Group, CARB, the EPA and attorneys agreed in June to a massive settlement for diesel emissions cheating, it only covered the 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine.

Roughly 80,000 cars have VW’s V-6 diesel and have been affected by the automaker’s diesel scandal. They are:

  • 2013-2016 Volkswagen Touareg TDI
  • 2013-2016 Porsche Cayenne Diesel
  • 2013-2016 Audi Q7 TDI
  • 2014-2016 Audi A6 TDI
  • 2014-2016 Audi A7 TDI
  • 2014-2016 Audi A8 TDI
  • 2014-2016 Audi Q5 TDI

CARB says Audi admitted that the V-6 diesels also have a “defeat device” in the emissions control systems, according to USA Today.

Volkswagen Group says the setback is a “procedural step” in a statement. In the negotiations for the 2.0-liter diesel settlement, an early VW proposal was rejected as well. The automaker says it has resolved to “work closely” with CARB and the EPA to resolve the V-6 diesel issue.

Read more on this story from our friends from USA Today.

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