U.S. Gives Green Light to VW 3.0-Liter Diesel Engine Dieselgate Fix

By Paul Riegler on 23 October 2017
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An Audi A8 diesel

An Audi A8 diesel

U.S. and California regulators approved Volkswagen AG’s recommended course of action for 38,000 diesel-powered vehicles from the company’s Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche brands, according to a letter released publicly on Monday.

The approval addresses the automaker’s SUVs with 3.0-liter diesel engines believed to emit excess emissions and means that the German automaker will not be forced to buy back the vehicles.

The ruling affects 2013-2016 model-year Porsche Cayenne and VW Toureg with the 3.0-liter engine as well as 2013-2015 Audi Q7s with that engine.

The ruling affects 2013-2016 model-year Porsche Cayenne and VW Touareg with the 3.0-liter engine as well as 2013-2015 Audi Q7s equipped with that engine.

As part of a settlement between the regulators and automaker approved by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer last May, the automaker agreed to spend $1.22 billion to fix or buy back approximately 80,000 vehicles with the 3.0-liter diesel engine. It further agreed to compensate vehicle owners who agree to the fix between $8,500 and $17,000 per vehicle.

The ruling doesn’t address the 40,000 sedans with the 3.0-liter diesel engine, for which the government has not yet approved a course of action. Volkswagen’s suggested fix for its 2012-14 Passat sedans was rejected by regulators in September.

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