Volkswagen is hoping to avoid another buyback situation in the U.S.
After announcing that it will pay up to $15 billion to deal with the cheating four-cylinder diesel engines in the U.S., the German automaker believes it has a fix for the V6 powerplants found in the Volkswagen Touareg, Audi A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Q7 models, as well as the Porsche Cayenne. Approximately 85,000 units are in the U.S. and a lawyer for the automaker said during a court hearing that Volkswagen believes it has a fix.
U.S. District Judge Charles Bryer has not set a formal deadline to fix the affected V6 diesel engines, but has set an August 25 hearing to get an update.
The company believes the 3.0-liter V6 engines can be fixed and that it would not be a complicated fix or negatively impact the vehicle’s performance. It’s worth noting that the 3.0-liter V6 diesel engines did not use the same defeat device as the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines. Instead, those vehicles feature an undeclared auxiliary emissions control device that allows them to emit up to nine times the legal amount.
Volkswagen has been unable to sell any of its new V6 diesel vehicles in the U.S. since last November.
[Source: Automotive News]
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