Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Causing Headaches for Other Automakers
More Rigorous Testing Causing Backlog in Certifications for 2016 Models
The fallout from Volkswagen’s admission that it installed “cheat device” software in more than 400,000 TDI models sold in the U.S. and millions more sold globally is causing problems for the rest of the industry. Specifically, the more rigorous on-road testing being conducted on 2016 model-year vehicles and more detailed documentation and data related to emissions compliance required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is resulting in certification delays of up to six weeks on some models. Although diesels are under particular scrutiny by the EPA, both gasoline and diesel models are under the agency’s microscope, according to a WardsAuto report.
Carryover powertrains from 2015 are estimated to need an additional four weeks for certification, while all-new powertrains will require an additional six weeks, says Bob Lee, FCA’s vice president for engine and electrified propulsion systems engineering. Part of the delay is due to an internal audit that FCA is conducting to verify that all their powertrains do not have active “cheat device” coding that could be used to deliberately manipulate emissions tests in lab conditions. Lee also said there’s a one-in-four chance that the EPA will ask for a vehicle for testing at its Ann Arbor, Michigan, emissions lab. Every FCA vehicle that has gone in for full testing by the agency has passed, Lee claims.