Is Volkswagen Closing in on Fix for V-6 Diesel Emissions?
Software Reprogramming, New Catalytic Converter Could Clean Up Engine
Those familiar with the matter claim Volkswagen is getting closer to a fix for the emissions woes plaguing the company’s 3.0L turbodiesel V-6. Anonymous individuals speaking to Bloomberg claimed the company might be able to repair its troubled V-6 diesel, reducing the risk of an expensive vehicle-buyback program.
Recalls for the approximately 85,000 Volkswagen, Porsche, and Audi vehicles equipped with the engine were delayed in part because the company and federal regulators prioritized solutions for the more popular 2.0L turbodiesel I-4 that set off the emissions scandal. The ultimate outcome of the 3.0L diesel’s solution relies on solving the technical challenges and ensuring the reliability of a software update, and such a repair could also accompany a new catalytic converter for the engines.
Legally speaking, Volkswagen and regulators will wait to see what happens in the dustup surrounding the company’s 2.0L TDI diesel. VW has until June 21 to finalize a fix or buyback for those vehicles, while the 3.0L diesel will be reviewed in talks on May 19.
We’re disappointed the V-6 diesel is embroiled in Volkswagen’s emissions fiasco. We’ve driven it in several platforms, including the Volkswagen Touareg and Audi A8, and we found it to be powerful, efficient, and entertaining. It’s a shame to see diesel suffer such a black eye, and we hope responsible diesel engineering will soon regain its green (and fun) reputation.