Volkswagen Says Next-Gen TDI Clean, Not Subject To Recall
EA288 Engine Will Not Be Included In Recall In Europe, U.S. Still Pending
Volkswagen is claiming its current generation EA288 2.0L I-4 TDI engine is compliant with Euro 6 emissions regulations and is not subject to the massive global recall of TDI engines, most of which are the EA189 2.0L TDI I-4, according to Bloomberg. Even excluding the EA288, the global scope of the TDI recall is estimated to total 11 million vehicles, the majority are an estimated 8.5 million in Europe.
The fix for the EA189 models in the U.S. could include the costly and complex retrofit of an SCR urea fluid catalyst system, which would require extensive hardware and software changes to the vehicle and is estimated to cost approximately $3,500 per vehicle. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) are currently testing 2015 and 2016 TDI models with the newer EA288 engine and SCR system to determine if they comply with U.S. emissions regulations. All 2016 Volkswagen TDI models are currently under a stop-sale order, prohibiting dealers from selling the cars until they’re determined to be compliant with applicable emissions regulations.
The scandal has also affected the rollout of new diesel models, including the highly anticipated Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon diesel models, which are also being subjected to on-road testing by government regulators to ensure emissions compliance.