Volkswagen Reaches Agreement with CARB, EPA on V-6 Diesels
Fines Total $250 Million, Will Cover 83,000 Vehicles
After reaching a settlement on vehicles equipped with its 2.0L TDI I-4 diesel engines, Volkswagen has now reached an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California Air Resources Board (CARB), and U.S. Department of Justice on vehicles equipped with the 3.0L TDI V-6 engines, primarily the VW Touareg, Audi Q7, and Porsche Cayenne. Other models affected include the Audi Q5 SUV, A6, A7, and A8 sedans.
Vehicles fall into one of two groups: approximately 20,000 first-generation TDI engines made from 2009-2012 are affected, and 63,000 second-generation engines from 2013-2016. A final technical solution to fix the excessive NOx emissions has not yet been officially approved by EPA or CARB. A deadline of January 31, 2017, has been set for VW to present a formal agreement to the court. If VW is unable to bring the vehicles into compliance, it will offer owners a buyback package similar to that offered to 2.0L TDI owners. The likelihood of bringing the TDI V-6 models into compliance is greater since most models are equipped with a urea fluid selective catalyst reduction (SCR) system to manage NOx emissions. Most of the 2.0L TDIs did not have a fluid SCR system.
As part of the settlement, VW will pay $225 million into an environmental remediation fund that will be administered by an EPA appointee and will pay $25 million to CARB to support use of zero-emissions vehicles in California. Affected owners will be notified by mail and do not need to take any action at this time. The latest information on the settlement can be found at VWCourtSettlement.com.