Volkswagen published short explainer video on YouTube , explaining the measures needed to bring its line of EA 189 diesel engines back into compliance with EPA regulations. The EA 189s are the 1.6- and 2-liter diesel engines at the heart of the company’s recent emissions scandal that has seen more than 8.5 million cars recalled in Germany alone.
Volkswagen (VW) and Audi notified U.S. authorities last Thursday that about 85,000 vehicles with 3.0 liter V6 diesel engines were fitted with emissions-control equipment that was not disclosed to U.S. regulators
In a letter to the company and units, the California Air Resources Board said it determined that 15,000 to 16,000 three-liter diesel cars in the state, model years 2009 and newer, are out of compliance. The vehicles in question are Audi A6s, A7s, A8s, Q5s, and Q7s.
The company had said earlier this month that some 85,000 three-liter vehicles sold in the U.S. might be involved, and had halted the sales of the vehicles while it was in talks with regulators. Volkswagen officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
Wednesday’s action was “the result of an admission by officials at Audi A.G., manufacturer of all the engines involved, that the vehicles contain three undisclosed auxiliary emissions control devices,” the agency said in the letter.
A CARB spokesman said that having such auxiliary emissions control devices is not in itself illegal, as the devices broadly protect engines running under extreme driving conditions, but Audi had not previously disclosed them, “which is a violation.”
In addition, at least one of the three devices appears to be a “defeat device,” the kind that triggered Volkswagen’s global emissions scandal in September.
The company will have 45 business days to submit a recall plan to CARB, and the agency has 20 days after that to accept the plan or request clarifications or modifications, the spokesman said.
The news widened a scandal at parent VW which has led to the ouster of its long-time chief executive and wiped more than 20 billion euros ($21 billion) off the group’s market value.
Audi is now investigating whether employees in technical development and other departments deliberately manipulated emission-control devices and has suspended two engineers, Stadler said in an interview with the Donaukurier regional newspaper, without giving any further details.
The V6 diesel engine was designed and assembled by Audi at its factory in Neckarsulm, Germany and widely used in premium models sold by the group’s VW, Audi and Porsche brands in model years 2009 through 2016, Audi said on Monday.
The Audi suspensions take the number of officials confirmed to have been put on leave across the group as a result of its internal investigations to eight, including at least six senior individuals.
The fix for 85,000 Audi, VW and Porsche cars with the 3-liter diesels is expected to cost roughly 50 million euros ($53 million). The company says this will fix the majority of the vehicles affected
The company admits that somehow its engineers installed software, called a “defeat device” into the affected vehicles to detect whether they were undergoing an emissions test, which would then turn on the car’s emissions controls in order to pass the test.
In a statement, Volkswagen said Tuesday (November 24) that it is “cooperating with the authorities” working on the investigation.
While the group did not accuse Renault of using a software to cheat emission tests, it points out that the passenger van only met pollution limits when its motor was cold.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is allowing Volkswagen (VLKAY) to submit a revised version of its software to correct emissions irregularities on 3.0-liter diesel engines used in Audi luxury vehicles. Michael Horn, president of the automaker’s USA subsidiary, said 120,000 owners already had taken advantage of the offer. It was also the engine of choice for the Volkswagen Touareg and the Porsche Cayenne since 2013.
Prosecutors in Braunschweig, already looking into Volkswagen diesels, are now formally examining tax issues linked to faulty carbon-dioxide readings as well, spokesman Klaus Ziehe said Tuesday.
As is customary in Germany he did not name any of the suspects
However, the company cautioned every variant hasn’t been tested yet.The company had made false claims regarding the emissions of its vehicles in Europe, leading to undeserved tax incentives.
The prosecutor said that the investigation was focussed on five Volkswagen employees but would not release names at the current moment. Some cars may be fixed with a software update.
CEO Matthias Mueller expects costs from fixing affected cars to be “technically, mechanically and financially manageable”.In a statement, Volkswagen said Tuesday (November 24) that it is “cooperating with the authorities” working on the investigation.
The defeat-device software allows cars to perform better in emissions tests than they do when driving normally on actual roads. The software could detect laboratory testing environments and lower emissions levels to acceptable limits.
Volkswagen confirmed that it met with regulators to address emissions violations with the company’s 2.0-liter diesel vehicles.Meanwhile, Volkswagen’s Audi division will resubmit a revised version of software that the US Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board has targeted in its latest probe.
“Volkswagen is finding its financial footing more quickly than expected”, Dudenhoffer said in an email.
The software upgrades will begin in January 2016 but no timeframe has been given for when the 1.6-litre hardware solution can begin being implemented. A defeat device alters emissions-control systems in a way that violated clean-air laws.
If so, Voelcker estimates such a fix would cost Volkswagen several thousand dollars per vehicle, possibly even leading the automaker to buy some of its cars back.
Beginning with the 2013 model year, cars like the Passat were equipped with a system that uses the chemical urea to neutralize nitrogen oxide emissions and is considered effective when properly configured.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency, which is probing the VW emissions scandal with CARB, said last Friday that Audi had told US regulators that 3.0-litre diesel models since 2009 contain the auxiliary emissions control devices (AECD).
Volkswagen has been engulfed in scandal since September, when it admitted more than 11 million vehicles worldwide equipped with smaller 2.0-litre diesel engines had the pollution-spoofing software.
The scandal has widened, with the German automaker subsequently revealing that it had also understated carbon dioxide emissions, including those for petrol engines, for up to 800 000 vehicles.
The world’s number-two automaker faces regulatory and criminal investigations in several countries, including Germany and the United States, and potentially billions of dollars in fines.