Volkswagen will begin to fix the cars in the U.S. affected by its diesel emissions scandal in February, according to a source close to the matter.
The source, who previously reported to The Truth About Cars about VW’s “TDI Goodwill Program,” which will give current VW diesel owners cash incentives to stay with the German automaker, said the program was revealed to dealers before its official launch on November 9. It was previously thought that the fixes would begin in January.
The fix will reportedly involve an ECU flash, among one of three possible solutions to fix affected cars. The details of this solution and which cars it will be used on were not confirmed.
Volkswagen has reportedly set aside $4-billion to fix the diesel cars and to fund the “Goodwill Program,” the source said, adding that “We were informed that … customers will be notified in batches according to the vehicle’s VIN.”
This week, it was revealed that other engines besides the 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel might have a defeat device to help it pass emissions. The 3.0L six-cylinder used in the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg, 2015 Porsche Cayenne Diesel and other Audis has been called out by the EPA for being suspected of using a defeat device and a stop-sale has since been enacted. VW is denying that this engine is affected by a defeat device.