Volkswagen Gets EPA Approval to Sell Repaired Model-Year 2015 Diesel Vehicles
Some of VW’s Unsold TDI Inventory Can Now Be Retailed
Volkswagen will soon be able to resume selling diesel vehicles in the U.S., following approval by both the EPA and the California Air Resources Board of a fix that will bring emissions levels to acceptable limits.
According to Automotive News, as part of its massive settlement with litigators in the U.S., VW was able to find a solution to its vehicles’ higher-than-legal emissions, which involves a software update and repairs to various engine bits. These fixes are only approved for the 67,000 VW diesels made for the 2015 model year, of which only 12,000 are in dealer inventory. Those 12,000 TDI vehicles will likely be hitting dealer showrooms within the next year, as the software update and repair parts become available.
This is good news to die-hard devotees. Prior to the scandal, Volkswagen’s TDI-powered cars and SUVs were some of the best-regarded vehicles in their respective classes, and we hope the repairs do something to help VW regain its unique luster. Some of those who already own a 2015 VW diesel can choose to have their cars repaired, rather than bought back.
As most of us know, Volkswagen was embroiled in a scandal in September 2015 when it was revealed that its TDI “Clean Diesel” vehicles emitted substantially greater levels of pollutants when on the road than they did in laboratory testing. This was due to “defeat devices” that reduced emissions artificially in the lab, then returned engine operation to normal once the test cycle ended. Volkswagen has earmarked $24 billion to cover the costs and fines related to the scandal. According to Automotive News, he company says it will abstain from marketing diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S. at least through 2018, choosing to focus on hybrid and electric offerings instead.
Source: Automotive News