Volkswagen Has Repurchased, Fixed Half of Polluting Diesels
Settlement, Fix on 3.0L V-6 Still Awaiting Approval
When the story first broke in September 2015 of Volkswagen’s TDI emissions cheating scandal, few could have predicted what monumental repercussions it would have on VW itself, and the automotive industry in general. While it will be many years until it’s off the books and out of customers’ minds, the company has made major progress in meeting its obligations of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice. Reuters reports that VW has sent a letter to a U.S. judge overseeing the settlement, giving an update on its progress. According to the company, approximately 238,000 2.0L TDI models have been repurchased or had their leases terminated, and 6,200 vehicles were repaired to meet the terms of the settlement. There are an estimated 475,000 TDI models nationwide affected by the settlement.
Per the terms of the settlement agreement, VW must buy back or repair at least 85 percent of the affected models by 2019 or face additional penalties. Based on the progress so far, it looks like VW is well on its way to meeting those obligations. The company was granted preliminary approval to fix or buy back around 80,000 vehicles equipped with its 3.0L TDI V-6 engine, mostly the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, and VW Touareg. VW has offered to buy back as many as 20,000 of these vehicles. Unlike the majority of 2.0L TDI models, most of the V-6 TDI models are equipped with a urea NOx aftertreatment system, which makes tackling the excessive NOx issue easier than with just exhaust gas recirculation (EGR). A hearing will be held on May 11 to give final approval to the V-6 settlement.